Feeling a little fowl....

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by mowin, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    Trying out the amnps mailbox mod for the first time on my masterbuilt two door. Got 4 whole chickens going. Pit holding @ 240*.
     
  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    How did it turn out?
     
  3. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    No doubt, hope there done by now!
     
  4. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    Well.... Not as good as i would have liked. I did 4 birds. 2 for me, and my nieghbor wanted two. His two were below mine. His were done perfectly and had great smoke flovor. Mine on the otherhand... Thighs were not done, jusr a little pink near the bone. Mine had very little smoke flavor. Very tender tho.
     
  5. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That's too bad.  Next time, try rotating the two grills half way thru the smoke.

    Gary
     
  6. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    As the saying goes, " you learn from your miatakes". Ill no better next time.
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Make sure you cook to temp not look or feel, especially if you're smoking for neighbors. The proper IT for chicken is 165 in the thigh or breast. At 165 the thighs will still be pink, especially if smoked.

    Try spatchcocking your bird next time. It lays the bird out so you have more surface area for smoke to adhere to. It also spreads the bird out so it will cook evenly.

    Since your MES can't get up over 275, make sure that the skin on the bird is super dry. This will help it crisp and it won't be rubbery. Air drying in the fridge uncovered for 8-12 hours is best. In a pinch a hair dryer on low right before going in can do the trick too.
     
  8. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    I had a probe in one of his birds and another in mine. both were in the breast. Im thinking  his came to 165 sooner because his were on a lower rack and they cooked a little faster. My masterbuilt is a dual fuel, and I run it on propane and can get her to around 325.

    I was thinking of spatching them, but I can fit two birds on a rack if whole. I like the hair dryer trick. thanks for the tip...
     

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