First Smoke Ever! Chicken Quarters on new MES40

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by buffpeon, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. buffpeon

    buffpeon Newbie

    Ok so 2 days ago my new MES40 Gen 2 arrived.  Yesterday my AMNPS and pellets arrived and seasoned the MES.  Today I just had to smoke something so had the wife pick up a pack of chicken quarters for my first smoke since they are hard to mess up and pretty cheap.

    Set MES to 275 and let preheat to about 240.  While preheating I put on some garlic/herb spices on 4 (back) and the remaining 4  I used a good amount of Tony's Creole!  Put in my chicken and AMNPS.

    Roughly 2.5 hours later once the IT hit 170 I pulled out these beautiful quarters!

    I then put em under the broiler in my oven for roughly 3 min to crisp up the skin.  Man do they ever taste wonderful!  I cannot wait until this weekend and trying to figure out what my 2nd smoke is going to be!  I am tore between trying a FATTY (since they look so delicious) or some ribs?  I am up for suggestions!
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2014
  2. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Great break in smoke!

    I vote ribs...
  3. 3-2-1 ribs...they come out great!
  4. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Congrats on your first smoke!! Chicken looks really great. Which rub did you like better?
    As for the next smoke, I vote for ribs AND a fatty. The fatty will be done first so you can snack while waiting on the ribs. Good luck and make sure you let us know how smoke #2 turns out.
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Oh Yeah!!![​IMG]

    Those Chicken Quarters look Great !![​IMG][​IMG]

    Check out my Step by Step Index, Below. That could help you decide what to do next.

    They were all done in an MES.

  6. The yard bird looks very tasty! I would say your off to a good start. What ever you decide for your 2nd smoke will be tasty.

    Happy smoken.

  7. pat king

    pat king Fire Starter

    Quarters look great , now go big or go home . . . try a Pork Butt , this will test your patience and help Season the Smoker . A Butt is hard to mess-up and has a stall which teaches one

    to ride out a stall , just don't change anything.

    Have fun and . . .
  8. buffpeon

    buffpeon Newbie

    Tony's Creole was one of my favorites before and now that smoke flavor is added I love it even more!  Hands down Tony's.
  9. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This was suppose to be on my time line , however , Pat has abducted my 'puter...[​IMG]
  10. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    The chicken looks great!! I vote ribs as well! Put them in the MES with the AMNPS doing its thing and check back in about 5 hours to start checking for tenderness. Easy and delicious!
  11. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking chicken. You're going to love the MES and the AMNPS it the perfect accessory.  Keep the posts coming. B
  12. buffpeon

    buffpeon Newbie

    Thanks for all the suggestions!  I ended up going with what was on sale and went with some CSR.  I like to take little steps so I think a thicker roast or butt is going to be probably Xmas week when I get a little more use to it.  I will be starting a new thread with some Q-view.
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds Great !!

    Be careful---CSRs are easily dried out---Keep an eye on them.

  14. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice , good looking quarters... [​IMG]
  15. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi buffpeon, welcome to the world of smoking. Good looking Chicken!

    Smokin Monkey �

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