First few smokes.

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by whatsfordinner, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. whatsfordinner

    whatsfordinner Fire Starter

    NH

    I tried to be practical and disciplined so rather than ruin a $30 brisket I started out with chicken quarters. Mesquite chips and a light rub. I stayed up until 1am waiting with great anticipation. I'd give them a B- compared to other smoked chicken I've had. A good start I think.
     
  2. whatsfordinner

    whatsfordinner Fire Starter

    NH
    Next was the first third of a 15lb brisket. I went too heavy on the rub but it was a good result all in all with greens, slaw and cornbread. I liked the hickory chips a lot.

     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2015
  3. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Did you brine the chicken? The extra moisture will help overcome any cooking mistakes you might make. 
     
  4. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

  5. Good job !!   It takes a few smokes to get comfortable and know your smoker

    Gary
     
  6. whatsfordinner

    whatsfordinner Fire Starter

    NH
    I brined the chicken overnight in pink salt with a little onion and garlic. It stayed very moist and I find the quarters to be very forgiving especially when I grill.

    Thanks for the link. I was just looking at some salmon there.
     
  7. whatsfordinner

    whatsfordinner Fire Starter

    NH
    This flat cut is the last piece I had in the freezer. Just under 4lbs and at 126* after 4 hours. It should be done just in time for dinner. I've got to call the butcher to restock the freezer...

     
  8. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks good!! I think you'll find hickory a lot more palatable than mesquite, and other woods even more so. Chicken does very well with pecan or fruit woods
    You mention pink salt. Are you referring to curing salt (cure #1, Prague powder etc...) or just the Himalayan pink salt like they sell at Costco?
     
  9. whatsfordinner

    whatsfordinner Fire Starter

    NH
    It's pink Himalayan I got at Trader Joe's. I have some apple chips that I alternated with hickory on my last brisket just to experiment and a bag of cherry that I haven't tried yet. I was thinking that different fruit chips would also go well with pork and am eager to try out some different flavors. Thanks for the tip!
     
  10. Coming to your house for dinner   

    Gary
     

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