Learning day 3 smoking chicken

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bombsquadjohn, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. bombsquadjohn

    bombsquadjohn Newbie

    How long does everyone reccomend I keep smoke rolling on these ? Chicken drums and quarters.
  2. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Not 100% sure what you're asking.  Honestly chicken is best hot and fast no matter what anyone says.  It absorbs smoke like a sponge and the skin is better with hot direct cooks.   Absolutely zero benefit to long cooks, If I could get away with getting birds in 30 minutes vs 70 or 90 minutes I would.  

    Slow cook your pork or beef if you want to (don't need to though) but get your chicken done HOT ...which in turn will be done quicker.  If you're cooking over charcoal or fire then flip that sucker on the grate so you can get some sear on the skin.

    What cooker are you using?
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2016
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yeah what he said!

    I prefer a bit longer cook than 30 minutes though, I like to drink a few beers!

    Your chicken parts will be done faster than your whole chickens so watch those as you cook.

    Chickens done when you hit an IT of 165.

    The reason we are recommending a hot smoke is to help get the skin crisp. The low slow method results in rubbery inedible skin. Not so fantastic! Chicken doesn't need much smoke.

    Give the poultry section a read in this thread.

  4. bombsquadjohn

    bombsquadjohn Newbie

    Thank you guys for your input. I was attempting to ask how easily chicken absorbs the smoke, I didn't want too much smoke flavor. Currently I am smoking it all at 275 trying to work my way up to 300 where I plan to keep it and finish it off.
  5. bombsquadjohn

    bombsquadjohn Newbie

    And FWI I'm using a stand up propane smoker. Today is just my third day using a smoker and this is my 3rd experiment, I'm learning haha. I did a pork shoulder butt two days ago and some New York strips last night thought I would give chicken a try. I'm thinking I will take the quarters and make some pulled chicken sandwiches and the drums are just something I wanted to eat tonigh. I honestly just jumped right in and have no idea how this will turn out haha
  6. bombsquadjohn

    bombsquadjohn Newbie

  7. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's chicken how bad can it be? Waiting for some finished pics!
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  8. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Like they said! Especially with pieces. I like to smoke whole chickens @300-350* but if I'm doing drums or thighs, they just go on the grill.
    Enjoy the experiments and the journey.

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  9. bombsquadjohn

    bombsquadjohn Newbie

    Stay tuned because I'm sure this will end well....... 😂😂
  10. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Well since you're using a propane cabinet ....AT MINIMUM start cooking skin side down on the cook grate. This is called "conductive heat" and will help the rendering of the fats in the skin. You'll have a better finished product.
  11. bombsquadjohn

    bombsquadjohn Newbie

    Thank you FWI, I will try that next time. Everything has finished cooking now. The quarters finished a lot quicker than I expected. I see what everyone was talking about with the skin, It did get a little chewy. I am Pulling the chicken though. Seriously the taste of this chicken quarters is amazing!!!! I mean amazing, I threw some crAzy stuff together and didn't know how it would turn out,but it's great and I will season it the same way. The drums turned out how I expected and they were very tasty. I'm just surprised how the quarters turned out.
  12. bombsquadjohn

    bombsquadjohn Newbie

    Finished product
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  13. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Looks great! I see you have some help eating it all. Points!!!

  14. bombsquadjohn

    bombsquadjohn Newbie

    Lance, they are my cheerleaders and they love my cooking no matter how it turns out 😂🍻👍🏻
  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice smoke BSJ!

  16. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good to me.

    Chix is a short smoke so I smoke all the way through.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  17. smokinal

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

    Great smoke!

    The chicken looks delicious!

  18. froman524

    froman524 Fire Starter

    You smoked New York strip steaks? Never heard of that. How did that work?

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  19. bombsquadjohn

    bombsquadjohn Newbie

    They turned out alright. I cooked them in the smoker at 225-250 until internal temp reached 120 and then pulled them and let them rest for about 10 mins while the grill heated up to 550 and reverse seared them until they reached 135 and served them right away. I would have cut the time in half of actual "smoking" I did 30 mins I would do it for 10-15 next time.

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