My first Smoked Chicken Q-view

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by grange, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. I tried chicken for my second smoke and it turned out fantastic.  I recently bought a Maverick ET-73 remote thermometer and used that for the smoker temp. instead of the thermometer on the smoker.  As you can see from the picture the smoker thermometer was off as much as 80 degrees F.

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    The chicken took about 3 hours to get done, which was longer than I had thought it would.  I brined the chicken in a simple salt/sugar water mixture for 5 hours and then put a rub on it and stored it in a plastic bag for 8 hours.  My smoker ranged from a high of 321 degrees F to a low of 243 degrees F, but most of the time I kept it between 275 and 300 degrees F.  I brought the chicken up to 165 degrees F at the breast.  I spatchcocked (?) the chicken.  I admit when I took it out of the smoker I was worried it was going to be dry from the looks of it.  I thankfully was very wrong.

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    I cut the chicken in half and ended up eating the entire the chicken.  The legs and wings were better than the breast.  So much flavor and smokey goodness.  I will definitely be doing this again.

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    After a hearty meal of chicken finished off the meal with some homemade banana and peanut butter cup ice cream I made this morning.

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    One thing I didn't care for with the remote thermometer is that the receiver didn't always update even if it was close.  It was getting to the point where I didn't trust the receiver.
     
  2.      Good looking Yardbird there , Grange[​IMG]. Good to see someone start thier Smoking/Hobby/Habit[​IMG]  with Chicken. I honestly believe you should learn your equipment well, and practice with cheaper cuts of meat. Losing a $35 chunk of ,say-Briskey is a hard lesson.

         Keeping a written record of each cook you do is a good way to reflect and see where you can improve.[​IMG]. Do Chicken until you feel comfortable with it, then go on to another type of meat.

         Have fun and.................
     
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  3. meateater

    meateater SMF Premier Member

    Looks great! I'll have to try spatchcocking it the way you did one time. [​IMG]
     
  4. I love chicken and this one looks great [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2011
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The chicken looks delicious!

    Great color!
     

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