Crispie Bird Skin

Discussion in 'Grilling Chicken' started by tstew40, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. tstew40

    tstew40 Newbie

    Help me out here. How do you get chicken or turkey skin crisp in an electric smoker?  Is there a secret? 
  2. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum.

    It takes heat to get crispy skin on poultry.  Electric smokers normally will not reach the temperatures required to do this (350+°).  There are tricks to get the skin edible, but not what most would consider crisp.  Recommend  smoking to desired taste then finish in a oven or closed grill.

     Example:  I smoked a 40° 12 lb. dry brined turkey for 40 minutes in a Cookshack 066 using 2 ounces of alder chunks.  Smoke intensity was medium and the color was white.  After smoking, the turkey was spatchcocked and placed in a 450° oven for 80 minutes (breast and thigh 165°).  Results were a crispy skin and juicy meat throughout with a mild smoke flavor, very tasty and well liked.

    Think of using your smoker as one step when producing a finished product and you will have many more options than if you only use it to cook a product from start to finish.

  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank you , Mr.T . a very good method... [​IMG].

    Now Mr. tstew , please drop by our "RollCall" and formally introduce yourself to our Neighbors . You'll get a rousing [​IMG]  .

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    the ones you post will held for moderation until you have posted a few , then you will find your post on after you finish .

    Post some pics (called Q-View here) of your equipment and anything you wish . We have Forums for most anything , or take a guess and if wrong , we'll move it for you.

    I am , Stan and am the Moderator of the Poultry section. I extend my hardiest welcome , and hope you , too become a neighbor.

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  4. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thank you, Stan.


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