Chicken (Whole Spatched, Thighs, and Lollipops) - QView

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by knifebld, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Hey all, so Sunday was chicken day for us as we had about 8 chicken quarters and a whole chicken in the freezer that we needed to use up!

    Although I was planning on using different spices on each, I brined them all together with the following recipe;

    - 1 Gallon Water

    - 1 Cup Kosher Salt

    - 1/2 Cup Sugar

    - 15 Cloves Garlic (Minced)

    - 1 Large Red Onion

    - 2 tbsp. Coarse Black Pepper

    - 2 Limes, halved

    - Fresh Basil, Rosemary, Parsley, and Thyme

    After brining for about 15 hours, I chopped the quarters to make individual thighs and drumsticks, then prepared a quick marinade;

    - 1 1/2 Cups Beer

    - 1/2 Cup Olive Oil

    - 1 tsp Sea Salt

    - 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

    - 1/2 tsp Paprika

    - 1/2 tsp Cumin

    - 1/4 tsp Cayenne

    - 2 Cloves Garlic (Minced)

    - 1 Small Red Onion (Chopped)

    Tossed all the thighs and Lollipops into the marinade and then back in the fridge for a few hours;

    For the whole chicken, I decided to go real I spatched it, and simply sprinkled on some Montreal Chicken Spice on, then left in fridge uncovered;

    Once I was ready to smoke, took the thighs out and placed them in a foiling pan with just a dash of pepper;

    Loaded up the WSM with the spatched chicken on the bottom shelf and the rest on top...Lollipops were glazed every half hour with 1 part Jeff's BBQ sauce and 1 part red wine;

    Finally, after smoking at 285F with Hickory and Maple, they came off after about 2.5 hours;



    Everything turned out perfect, spatched chicken and thigh were incredibly moist, but the major hit were those Lollipops...the flavours of the marinade mixed with the glaze were just to die for!

    Once again, due to the size of my family....nothing was left :(

    Thanks for watchin! Cheers!
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great.  Love the color.

    Great looking brine too.
  3. nptwnsmkr

    nptwnsmkr Smoke Blower

    Man that looks good, nicely done knifebld!
  4. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Adam, is my go to brine (ran out of lemons so used limes instead)...but the marinade was a real winner on this smoke.
    Thanks Paul, was a fantastic meal!
  5. Looks like a lot of tasty yard bird.

    Happy smoken.

  6. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Beautiful.  Chicken is becoming my favorite thing to smoke.  The color that you were able to get is perfect.  You can see the juiciness of the white meat in the picture.  Brining is definitely the way to go.

    Nice smoking.  Thanks for sharing.
  7. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Delicious looking Bird and parts!
  8. nptwnsmkr

    nptwnsmkr Smoke Blower

    I forgot to ask you Chad-did you have as much fun as I did pulling the tendons out?
  9. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    OMG I did!! I was actually thinking of your Lollipop post as I was swearing up a storm trying to pull/cut those suckers off!! LOL

    As I was doing it, I swore this was gonna be the first and last time I would do them...but they turned out so damned good!! So I know I will be putting myself through that again :(
  10. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Really cool , Chad . Great color and just looks , dang . I need some of that . . . I talking to Trish , I want some Chicken . . .

    Later . . .
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014
  11. Looks like you nailed it once again Chad. Nice work. I'm doing up some quarters myself. Thumbs Up
  12. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks David!
    Thanks Rob! I agree, tried a few times without brining and IMHO it did not turn out as moist.
    Thanks bud!
    Thanks Stan...Yeah turned out great, was fun trying out new recipes :)
    You are too kind Jason, cheers bud!
  13. WOW Knife look at you!  Everything looks AMAZING!

  14. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead


    Great thread and even better Q view.  Thanks for sharing.
  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's a boatload of tasty looking chicken!! Nice Smoke!!
  16. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Josie!
    Yeah...wish I had some leftovers...was hoping to make some sammies the next day...but not gonna happen due to the boatload of kids! LOL
    Cheers Rob!

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