Do you trust the pop out timers on chickens?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by xtexan, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. xtexan

    xtexan Meat Mopper

    I am smoking a whole chicken tonight and was wondering how accurate the little plastic pop out timers are. I am using my thermo, but was just wondering if anyone has ever tested them to see exactly what temp they pop @?
  2. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Always yank them things out and throw em away! Use a good digital, much more reliable! I shoot for right near 170* for mine.
  3. xtexan

    xtexan Meat Mopper

    You are correct thermo showed 170 and that little sucker still hadn't popped out.
  4. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Travcoman45 has it right. I NEVER use those pop-up things. ALWAYS put the probe of a good digital thermo in the thigh and breast and let the TBS roll.
  5. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You know, in one of the online stores I was browsing not to long ago, they had these things for sale! Price wasn't bad, but what a waste of money! Never do work, should save up mine and maybe put em on ebay or somtin![​IMG]
  6. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    There is a metal alloy in the tip of the popup that melts at 185º
    That's over done it only needs to 165º
  7. I didnt trust it I used my own thermometer and mine never popped out!
  8. smok'n steve

    smok'n steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't like the idea of plastic in my smoker, I rip em out. Plus, when you think of liability and lawsuits, there is no way they would set one of those up so that you can have a moist chicken, they don't want to get sued:)


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