First Chicken Smoke Breast up or Down? Or does it matter?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by eriksp, May 31, 2011.

  1. First Chicken Smokefor me. Breast up or Down? Or does it matter?

    I'm smoking at 275 degrees as most suggest.

    Also I'm smoking 2 chickens on a GOSM. I have a Beer can chicken on the top rack and another chicken on the bottom rack. Should I keep the meat probe in the Bird at the bottom?
    Last edited: May 31, 2011
  2. diesel

    diesel Smoking Fanatic

    I use the beer can chicken stand on the smoker.. but if you can't than I would put the breasts up..  I put the temp probe into the breast on a angle all most to the bone.  Hope this helps.
  3. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I always start breast side down to let the juices flow into them.  Then I flip it over with about an hour to go to crisp up the skin evenly.  I know it's opposite of what Diesel just said, but experimentation is what it's all about!
  4. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What James said [​IMG]
  5. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OK i do chicken almost on a weekly basis, if i don't do beer can ,i am doing it with   breast up so the inner juice (i put in the cavity a lemon) will stay in


    i fund it will keep it juicy

  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you can do both beer can, that's the way to go IMHO.
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My personal experience is that in my SmokinTex it does not matter which way I put the chicken in.  I know that the heatflow is different in other smokers so you just have to experiment to see what works best for your smoker.
  8. Ok I did one beer can and one just placed on the metal grate.

    I started for the first hour Breast down then after an hour Breast up. I don't any of it made a difference like some mentioned.

    I do know I relied to much on my probe in one area of the bird and it apparently blew by the 165 and was like 177 when I placed the probe in a different area. Next time I will move the probe all over the breast to get a real good temp.

    The Chicken was still moist.

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