Newbie looking for advice

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by knot hole 11, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. I have a digital electric smoker.  It is seasoned and ready to use.  I plan to smoke a whole chicken this weekend.  I am looking for a recommendation oc cooking temp 200, 225, or maybe even 250 degrees.  I would also like a guess about how long it will take realizing that I will ultimately cook until the bird reaches about 165 internal temp.   Thanks,   joe
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Joe, welcome to SMF!  Glad you are here and looking to smoke a yard bird this weekend. 

    With chicken, you need to think hotter.  Since you have an electric smoker, 275F is probably as hot as your chamber will go.  That's where you want to smoke that bird.  One thing you can do to help with dryer skin, it stick the bird uncovered in the refrigerator overnight to help dry out the skin a little.  Then spray with light oil and dust it with rub just before you put it on the smoker.

    Time wise for a 6 lb bird?  Two to three hours.  Just depends on the bird.

    Have fun!

  3. smokinal

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

    Welcome aboard!

    Sounds like Ray has you covered!

  4. sauced

    sauced Master of the Pit

    Yep....that is the way to go!!

    And......Welcome to the forum!!  [​IMG]
  5. phatbac

    phatbac Master of the Pit

    Consider spatchcock the bird it Cooks even and Is easier to work with.

    Also if you are going skin on put some rub or seasoning under the skin

    Happy Smoking,
    Phatbac (Aaron)

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