First shot, how'd I do?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by smokingdragon, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. This is my first time smoking anything, ever. Brined last night and used Jeff's recipe today.

    MES 30

    Decided to put in small batches of Apple chips which allowed me to watch the flow more frequently and keep a nice smoke stream going. Picked 260 deg because I wanted to be creative. Might go a bit lower in temp, but that's TBD.

  2. Looks great! I think your temp was good. I usually go higher with poultry since it does not really benefit from low and slow. Smoke on!
  3. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    LOOKS GOOD !!![​IMG]
  4. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good lookin bird. Nice job. Thumbs Up
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I usually go higher, but that bird looks good!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  6. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great, I also use higher temps on chicken
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks like good color. You may choose to crank the MES for crisper skin next time...JJ
  8. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks great! [​IMG]
  9. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

       Jeff's rub is AWESOME on poultry! That looks great!

  10. Thanks to this ENTIRE community, I lurked through and read as much as I could.

    My entire family has now requested a multitude of meats based solely on how good this chicken turned out.... oh boy the pressure is on now. Pork shoulder is next.....

    I really appreciate all the information I was able to dig up on here.... I can't thank you all enough.
  11. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    From the look of the Chicken , you should do well with the Pork Butt.

    I'm doing some today, and post later...   take it low and slow , be patient and it'll turn our great[​IMG]

    Oh, and  [​IMG]  to the bunch .

    Stan   aka   oldschool
  12. berninga87

    berninga87 Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great! Like the others have hinted at, don't be afraid to crank the heat for chicken. I'll keep my smoker over 275 and up to 290 if it feels like going that high that day. Chicken isn't the best "low and slow" meat, but takes on plenty of smokey awesomeness in the few hours it takes to cook at higher temps. Which brine did you use?
  13. That's a nice looking bird! Great job! From the looks of the bird, you should do fine with a pork butt (this is your low and slow [​IMG]).

    If you haven't don't forget to check your smoker temperature, MES is notorious for being off.
  14. harleysmoker

    harleysmoker Smoking Fanatic

    Nice Job!
  15. Since this was my first time smoking anything, I followed Jeff's recipes to the detail. Soaked it for 4 hours in his brine recipe.... A friend of mine said that if I didn't mind a pure salt and sugar style, I could go with an ethnic chicken (kosher?). However, they're like $3 bucks a pound!!! Either way, it turned out great and tasted ... outstanding. My next try is the pork butt.

    I'll keep the temp in mind as I go...

    Thanks for all the feedback.
  16. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Congrats on your first smoke - you are hooked now 
  17. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit


    Beautiful job!

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