First Time Smoking. Whole chicken and St. Luis Ribs w/ Q-View

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by disturbed724, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. Hopefully I do this correctly. I saw it said one "Q-View" I hope that doesn't mean only one picture. Anyways here you go folks.

    Spat cocked the chicken and rubbed both with a dry rub.

    Chicken was brined for 20 Hrs in the slaughterhouse brine.

    Cook time about 4 hours for the chicken and about 5 for the ribs.

    Overall, not bad I made some mistakes that I need to correct but not bad for the first time lol. Hope everyone enjoys!
  2. Nicely done!
  3. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Congrats on your first smoke, pretty awesome no??

    Did you follow the 3-2-1 on those ribs or some other process?

    What was your process with the chicken?
  4. @knifebld  absolutely awesome! other than burning the inside of my nose lol. Umm, yep 3-2-1 method on the ribs. I think I could have done 2-2-1 but ah, live and learn. Chicken was spat cocked brined for 20 hrs. injected and rubbed. place breast up for 2 1/2 hrs then breast down for 1 1/2. foiled both for the last hour or so they had. I learned some valuable things:

    1. I believe my custom smoker is a stickburner not charcoal. I found myself have to refuel it about 2 hours in.

    2. do not mistaking grab match light bag instead of regular. realized I grabbed the wrong one and dumped it in. I had an inferno, and ribs kind of tasted lighter fluidish.

    3. cooking time was faster than expected. should have been a total of 6 hrs in smoker, it was but I brought temps way down about 4 1/2 hrs in. temp on meat was 10 degrees from finishing temp.

    Overall, I'll keep tinkering with it and get it right someday. I had a blast doing it that's for sure. all advice and input welcomed.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2014
  5. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    LMFAO...My brother made that mistake on his first smoke....that little smoker when from 0 to 400 in like 15 seconds! Thin blue smoke...not for him, his was thick, black, and the smoker was ready to shoot off into space!!!

    Too funny! Cheers!

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