Four chickens cooked over a real wood fire.

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by fwismoker, May 12, 2014.

  1. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    These 4 cluckers were cooked with a average temp of 400ish but it could have cooked much hotter with no problems.   I used a little oak, mulberry and maple splits and branches. 

    Here's the start.

    Here's the finish

    Moist tender and incredibly tasty....nothing beats open fire cooking for poultry.   I can use charcoal with wood chunks and use the lid but this is way fun when your guests can see it cooking out in the open!
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Cool FWISMOKER. Expand on your prep. , cooking time and seasonings.[​IMG]
  3. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Thanks oldschool it was seriously good.   There really wasn't any prep except lighting a fire.  I light a couple of  partial burnt splits from a prior cook with maybe a quarter chimney of lit coals and it get's up to temp pretty fast maybe 10-15 minutes.  I feed small splits about every 15-20 minutes also. 

    The chicken i put on the spits, tied them secure, seasoned with rustic tuscan. The total cooking time was an hour 45 .  It's so easy to cook this way and sure saves money on charcoal. [​IMG]  
    Last edited: May 12, 2014
  4. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice setup being able to do 4 birds at once. I'm loving my keg setup since adding the's super easy with delicious results...Willie
  5. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    You can use charcoal, wood chunks and use a dome lid which works great but a real fire is pretty cool so your guests can watch what they're going to eat.  Can't wait for Thanks Giving's turkey
  6. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Willie is it a big steel keg or something you've made yourself?    What are you burning it it? ... love to see it. 
  7. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]  The chickens look great! 

    I love cooking chicken on the rotisserie, always juicy and delicious [​IMG]
  8. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yes, old beer keg with top cut out. Originally intended to do 10 gallon batches of que sauce. Kept it for years, unused. It found a new life when I found SMF and all the builds going on.....a lite went on and I immediately thought of a spinner install. So far only chicken & a loin but both delish and very juicy/moist. Thinking of a rib roast (if I hit the Lotto) or perhaps a eye of round for Dips. Long probe showing is a therm...pegged at 550.

    I use Weber charcoal baskets designed for indirect cooking in the kettles. Come 2 in a box. Used both for chicken with VERY intense heat. Used only one on the loin producing less heat and a longer cook time, which was no big deal. On the loin I tossed in some apple pellets about half way through for some smoke. 2 bricks under the baskets to raise them off the curved bottom for air flow. I'm not mechanical.....a cave man could do this...LMAO.

  9. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Very very nice!  Since beer isn't in it then meat is the next best thing! [​IMG]
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great Keith! Nothing like spinning feathers!

    Willie I love that keg smoker and hope you show it off in action here more!
  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Quadruple Things of Beauty!!![​IMG]

    Looks Great from my house!![​IMG][​IMG]

  12. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great lookin birds Keith, very nice for sure ! Thumbs Up
  13. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Yea it makes a big difference!   I was a rotisserie virgin until this.   I'm liking the open top over a fire too, such a good clean smoke. 
    Thanks Case, Get your mini spinning kit working yet?
    Thanks and that's a ways away!
    Thanks Justin.   How's the mini build going?
  14. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks great Keith!  That's a lot of tasty lookin' yardbird!


  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Unfortunately not yet. Work and other household chores have been keeping me too Busy! Maybe once summer is over I can get back on it!
  16. Hello Keith, Chef Willie.  GREAT looking bird and some great ideas.  Thanks for posting.  Keep Smokin!

  17. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Another great idea from SMF. I wish I had time to try them all but this one looks fun enough to be a must try.

  18. Hey those birds came out beautifully! Great job! Cheers! - Leah

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