Help smoking chicken temp took 25-30min to get up to temp

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by mike821, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. mike821

    mike821 Newbie

    Hey all!  I am smoking two 4lb chickens now.  The smoker is a electric Brinkman.  It took about 25-30 minutes to get up to temp. (225 deg.)  Am I safe or did I create a breeding ground for bacteria?  I did get the smoker up to 200 deg. before adding my birds.  Any input would be much appreciated.

  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Shouldn't be a problem, a couple hens only take a couple hours to cook, no where near the 4 hour 40°-140° maximum limitation.  Probe after an hour or so to check internal, and you may want to bring your temp to 275° also.
  3. I agree with Pops.  The guidelines are pretty forgiving.  Your OK.
  4. mike821

    mike821 Newbie

    Thanks Pops....I will make sure I am at fact it should be now.  The beer is cold and the smoker is smoking.  Today is a good day.

    Cheers and thanks...Mike
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good luck Mike & welcome to SMF!

    Would you update your profile info to include your location, then head over to roll call & introduce yourself so we can all welcome you to SMF. Thanks!

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