First Stick Burn On The Open Range

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by lancep, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Ok, so I did my first come lets stick burn ever. I have a few cooks in the bag with this thing so now it was time to see how it would burn some wood. Been wanting to do this for a while but never could with the WSM.

    So for tonight's menu, spatched chicken! My smoker runs hotter than I'm used to so chicken seemed the logical choice. If temps got away from me, no big deal just bring them down. I went for a small hot fire and shot for 325-350. Kept a watchful eye on what was coming out of the "chimney." Only once did I get a little bit of white smoke but I poke the fire and it shot back up and the smoke turned back to blue.

    Good smoke and the bird is rubbed and ready.

    Pre heating splits on the firebox so that they burn nice and clean.

    About an hour in.

    And we're done! Plated with some green beans and a little bit of white sauce. A little darker than I'm used to but waaaayyyyy better smoke. Next up, I got do some ribs!

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  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great job Lance!

    That chicken looks delicious!

    Just can't beat a wood fire! Thumbs Up

  3. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Thanks Al, you sure can't. I was a bit worried when I saw how dark it was, that it would be over smoked. To my surprise and relief, not only was it not over smoked, it was the best smoke I've ever had. I'm very glad that I've had the opportunity to pay attention to all the experienced stick burners around here. Got some beef ribs thawing for Sunday so I'm going to give that a go.

  4. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice Lance!  My WSM is worried. I am not ready to give up my overnight butts and brisket smokes.  At my age, sleep is valuable.  That Open Range would be a great addition to my back yard though.


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