First Drumsticks

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by ddave, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Tried drumsticks for the first time today. Wanted to try the leg racks I bought at Lowes months ago. Here they are in the package.

    Whoops! Heh,heh, wrong drumsticks.[​IMG] Those are for the kids for dessert. Here they are.

    Rubbed them with the following:

    except for the hand soap. (Need to check the background of the pictures more carefully.)

    Here they are rubbed and ready while the smoker heats up.

    Tried to keep the temps around 300 to 325 to avoid the leathery skin. The afterburner was roaring like a blast furnace but I still had more regulator turn left.

    Smoke was flowing nicely.

    Here they are at about 1 hour into the smoke.

    And here they are after about 2 hours. Internal temp was 175ish to 185ish. Maybe went a llittle to long but I hate it when they are slimy.[​IMG]

    They were very juicy and tender but the skin was still a little rubbery. May try for 350 to 375 next time. Will be a good test for the afterburner.

    A few observations on this smoke:

    1) The sand pan rocks! Used sand instead of water. Parked the pan in the middle of the smoker with foil on top of it to catch the drippings. Clean up was a breeze. End to end temp range was very small, although I am sure 12 chicken legs don't make much of a heat sink.

    2) When the temps at both ends were in the 310 degree range at grate level, the stock SnP door thermo was in the middle of the Ideal range. [​IMG]

    All in all pretty yummy and a smooth smoke. Nice way to spend a Friday vacation day.

  2. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dave, they sure look good! Mmmmm.
  3. cbucher

    cbucher Meat Mopper

    Looks good!
  4. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I use that little device also, but found I still wanted to move them to the grill to really crisp them up nice.
  5. justsmoke2

    justsmoke2 Smoking Fanatic

    Nice looking drums at what temps did ya pull the ice cream drumsticks. The chicken legs looked good to. Bought me some legs to do tomorrow but I think I will soak mine in butter milk for an hour. I also went to Lowes at got the leg racks came home with 3 of them.
  6. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    GOOD JOB DAVE NICE qview i smoked some turkey drumsticks on that rack can do six large ones 3 for mama with kc rub 3 for me with texas petes hot sauce. HEY flash kick *** pics but then again that why your flash and we appriciate every pic and qview ya'll have
  7. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Moving them to the grill would probably make the most sense, but I am still playing with the Afterburner. I have not turned it up full blast yet and am wondering if I can get the smoker hot enough to crisp the skin. [​IMG]

    But if I do, I fear I may have a bit of trouble keeping the wood chunks from catching fire. At which point I will stop being stubborn and smoke 'em low and crisp them on the grill. [​IMG]

    I agree, I particularly like the rotating signature pics, Flash. Some great shots there. Thanks for sharing.

  8. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Oh your more than welcome there. I just wish I had more on digital. Most of my stuff is on film and my scanner is not the best. Hope to get back to the mountains for some more Fall shots this year......hope the gas drops some [​IMG]
  9. abelman

    abelman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those look very good but I am with you on the skin issue. Here is something you might try, I smoke Jerked Chciken on the smoker until done:

    Then, I throw them on the grill/gasser to crisp up the very well:

    P.S. use a high heat, like 400 so you sear/cook the skin and the chicken will not get over cooked.
  10. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    here is something I tried last time and it worked about 80 % of what I want. I bought another pack for this weekend and I think I have the final piece of the skin puzzle figured out. I'll let ya know and post the results.
  11. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    DAVE!........SHAME on you.........i opened this thread, having just taking a swig of my adult beverage.........seen the icecream drumsticks, and had a COUGHING FIT..............(note to self, need more paper towels, and windex....darn monitor screen got in the way of my spew)

    nice looking REG. drumsticks [​IMG]
  12. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'll have to give 375 a try next time. I still have some "throttle" left in the Afterburner and the paint on the firebox lid is fine so I'll have to crank 'er up a little more. [​IMG]

    Thanks WD. Both kinds of drumsticks came home from the same shopping trip so I though I'd throw it out there. [​IMG]

    Glad you got a chuckle out of it.


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