First Chicken smoke

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by rob sicc, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I've been on this site for about a month now and I tried chicken this weekend for the first time.  I also tried a FATTY but that's in a different thread and I don't know how to put a link to another thread in this thread.

     

    I bought 2,  3 - 4# chickens and after reading numerous great threads here I decide 2 things. 

    1, I would butterfly the chickens.

    2, I would brine.  I used this brine recipes

     

    Slaughterhouse Poultry Brine By Tip Piper of Hillbilly Vittles
    1 1⁄2 Gal Water
    1⁄2 C Salt (picklin er kosher)
    1⁄2 C Dark Brown Sugar
    2 tsp Garlic Powder
    2 tsp Onion Powder
    2 tsp Cajun Spice (Louisiana Cajun Seasoning)
    2 tsp Celery Seed


    I brined over night and the next day I put a good layer of rub over the top and bottom of the chicken.

     

     

     Butterflying was easy after watching a video that Jeff has on this site showing how to remove that center bone.  I love this site!  lol


    Mixed my brine.


    Loaded my chicken in it's resting area for the night.


    Sorry thaty I didn't take any smoker pictures but I had so temp issues with the smoker.  When I opened the CC door to load everything in the temp went down from @@%F to 100F.  It also took a little while getting it back up so I decided not to open the door unless I really needed to. 

    Her they are done.  This was the juiciest chicken that I have had in a very long time.  The smoke was great and I think I may finally have my rub set.  Between These chickens, the FATTY and the ribs that I made(SORRY, I didn't smoke them.  They were last minute and I didn't have enough time) either way, I ate well tonight.  BTW, it was my b-day yesterday so I took very good care of myself.  lol

     
  2. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well... Happy Happy Happy.........

    Nice looking birds. must have been a birthday thingie, they looks really great.

    If you can mess 'em up like that ecerytime, you'll be doing good.

    Congrats
     
  3. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Thanks.  Was it your birthday this weekend also?

    BTW, love your car!
     
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking spatched birds!
     
  5. grillmonkey

    grillmonkey Smoking Fanatic

    Happy birthday[​IMG].

    The birds look great. I may change my rib plans for next weekend to chicken.
     
  6. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    chickens are awesome.  I felt butterflying the chicken made it easier to handle.  brine if you have the time.  and if you rub after brine, rub under the skin.  I forgot. so lost some flavor when I removed the skin.  they were still tasty.
     
  7. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Very good , Rob. Looks great [​IMG]

    Keep practicing with the heat ,( [​IMG]   idea ) , practice doing cheap Hot Dogs to practice keeping your heat holding issues steady.

    Have fun and  . . .
     
  8. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    OLDSCHOOLBBQ,

    I like the idea about using hot dogs, It's always a good time to eat a hot dog anyway.  lol

    I hate lighting the smoker and not putting something in it.  To be honest I hate having any grates empty at all when the smoker is going. 

    Thank for the great idea.
     

    Rob
     
  9. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Did a great job on the birds!!!  Reinhard
     
  10. Nice job. Great idea to butterfly them. They look delicious, happy birthday!!!
     
  11. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    <Holds index finger to pursed lips>

    Shhhhhhh............... Its Friday.

    Thank you, thank you. Its is about 95% originally restored show car, you can drive it, but I'd have to kill you. You can drive it, but most drivers are build with rebulit and updated parts.
     
  12. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I would be afraid to sit in her, never mind drive her!

    I won't tell anyone your birday is friday. Your secrit is safe with me. Happy birthday.
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2014
  13. Foam didn't you buy that car new?  [​IMG]

    Love that car!! 

    scott
     
  14. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Thanks everyone.  I share anything I smoke or bbq with my neighbor since the wife doesn't like smoke.  DONT GET ME STARTED!

    I dropped him off half a chicken and some ribs Sunday.  He left a message on my phone saying the chicken was (insert explertive here) delisous.  I am very happy and I see a lot of chicken in my future.

    So I've done chicken, Jerky, a FATTY and a pork but.  Everything hase been great except the butt.  It was good but not outstanding.   I guess I should try that again next or does someone have any other suggestions on what I should try next?  I'm all ears!
     

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