General time for smoking chicken quarters

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bnew17, May 17, 2011.

  1. bnew17

    bnew17 Smoke Blower

    I have been smoking my chicken quarters for 4 hours at 225. They come out very tender and with great flavor. I brine the quarters for 6-8 hours in a general salt/sugar/pepper/water mixture. My guest have always complimented me on the chicken, but im just wondering if 4 hours is a little too much? The meat is not dry but it not "juicy" either. Im fairly new to the smoking game , just wanted to get some input from some more experienced guys. Thanks
    Last edited: May 17, 2011
  2. What temperature do you smoke them to?
  3. smokinal

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

    You need to smoke them to an internal temp of 170-175. You can't go by time. The chicken quarters that I have smoked were done in less than 4 hours. Get a good digital meat thermometer and smoke them by temp. not time. You also need to know that your smoker is really at 225. If you are going by the factory gauge, they are off in most cases. Maverick makes a dual probe therm. One for the smoker & 1 for the meat.
  4. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Like they said you are going by temp, not time. But I find mine are usally done in 2 1/2-3 hrs. if my smoker is running at 225-250°, but I always check the temp of each piece before I pull it.
  5. bnew17

    bnew17 Smoke Blower

    I try and stay around 225
  6. bnew17

    bnew17 Smoke Blower

     Al, i have a digital meat thermometer i will use on the chicken next time. I will also cook off their internal temp rather than time like you mentioned. Thanks for the tips so far everyone.
  7. bnew17

    bnew17 Smoke Blower

  8. coolride

    coolride Newbie

    Hello, just make sure your smoker is about 225 using a accurate thermometer at the meat level, and use a thermometer in the meat also, and pull them out when the meat temps are about 170. You could run the smoker at 200 -300, but the meat temp is what your looking for, same in an oven.
  9. spoolinaz

    spoolinaz Meat Mopper

    I smoke at 300-325. Usually takes about 1.5 hours. Meat IT as mentioned in the 170's. The higher cook temp gives you better skin.
  10. andrew bolin

    andrew bolin Newbie

    You should smoke your chicken @ 250 for 3 hrs. ( 21/2 to 4 lb. chicken) rub it down with dukes before you put on your dry rub.
  11. I run my chick quarters hot at 300 avg ... It takes about an 1-1/2 hours to cook to temp .. I pull them as soon as they are done ... Very moist with an unbelievable texture ... I also brine for at least 24 hours and air dry for at least 2hours .
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2013
  12. I have had great luck with smoking the quarters for about 90 minutes at 225 and then turning up the heat to about 300-325 for about 45-60minutes to crisp the skin. They seem smoky enough and are still juicy!

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