smokeing 3 chickens

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by cammok5, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. cammok5

    cammok5 Newbie

    im smokeing 3 4lbs chickens tomorrow. the list i have for smokeing time says 3 hrs. will it take longer with 3 chickens in there or will it be the same? thanks
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Depends on the size and type of your smoker.  If you have a smaller electric you may have problems everytime you open the lid and the heat has to rebuild.   A larger wood burner really can't tell the difference between 3 chickens and a dozen chickens.  

    You shouldn't have any trouble as long as the smoker isn't over crowded.
  3. kryinggame

    kryinggame Smoking Fanatic

    Buddy, don't go by time, rather temperature.

    Last week, I grilled 1, 4lb chicken on my propane grill. I grilled it, something like 300 - 325 degrees. It took dang near 4.5 hours to complete to get to 180 degrees.

    Yesterday, I smoked a 4 lb chicken in my MES smoker. I grilled it at 275 degrees. It took 4 hours to get to 175 degrees.

    It's really difficult to judge the time it'll take. But the more food that's in your smoker, the more time it'll take to completion.

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