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Discussion in 'Poultry' started by lbc970, Jun 19, 2014.
Here we go!
Through the exhaust hole! About 30 mins left...
Nice! Give a spatchcocked chicken a try sometime.
This one is
The bark was good, flavorful, but the meat was mushy. Kinda disappointing really!
I used another members recipe for the brine/marinade. With a few changes, but very close.
1 gallon water
2.5 oz kosher salt
2.5 oz sugar
1.5 tsp garlic powder
1.5 tsp onion powder
1.5 tsp Cajun spice
1.5 tsp celery seed
1 bottle Catalina salad dressing
1 bottle Dave's hot sauce
I marinated 24 hours, it was suggested to marinate a full bird 48 hours, but I'm thinking the mushy meat may have been because of the long marinade and brine time.
3/4 C sugar
1 T kosher salt
2 T black pepper
1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder
2 T old bay
4 T paprika
2 t dry mustard
1/2 t ground bay leaves
1/2 tsp rosemary
I smoked about 3.5 hours over an Apple and hickory mix at 300°.
I'm also not sure I tasted any hint of the catalina dressing, or the Dave's hot sauce. I might try this one again someday, but shorten the brine time to only 12 hours.
I don't brine my birds. Unless you're buying them straight from the farm or right from your yard, they are all injected(enhanced) with a solution. I spatch 99% of my birds and have never had mushy meated one yet. What temp do you smoke poultry at? I run my UDS and Mini-WSM at 325+ to get the best results.
This was a whole foods bird, according to the packaging there was no additives. The bird was previously frozen, that might have had an effect too.
I had the UDS holding steady at 300°, my last bird had great meat, but stretchy skin, this one had crapped meat but great skin. Got the" pop" bite through I was after.
Keep it simple, no brine. Simple rub of SPOG (Salt Pepper Onion Garlic) I add chipotle or paprika. Crank the heat 350. I'd spatch the bird. Use a 50/50 mix of cherry and pecan. Like I said I don't brine for the very reason that a lot of the brines break the meat structure down.
Have to agree. The last 3 times I have done chicken , I have stayed away from the brines. Best chicken I have ever had.
Whole and even half birds can be a challenge. I don't care how or where you cook them?
Having said that, I like one sometimes.
My real reason for posting?
About 40 years ago, I fancied myself a pretty decent amateur photographer.
That shot through the exhaust hole is priceless!
Good luck and good smoking.