Smoking 2 chickens tonight - skin on or off ??

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by smokey bones, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. smokey bones

    smokey bones Fire Starter

    which way comes out better ?
    i like the rotisserie chickens when the skin kind of gets glued to the meat.
    not sure how these are gonna come out on my smoker .
    i can maintain 350 degrees if needed

    they are around 4lbs each and going to be cooked vertical
    should i start with high temp and then go lower or reverse ?
    let me know what you think [​IMG]
  2. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    I like to cook them low and slow for a couple of hours then kick it up high toward the end to crisp up the skin.
  3. jd08

    jd08 Fire Starter

    I did 2 a few weeks ago, skin on at 325 and they didn't have the texture I would have liked. The flavor was there, but not the consistency.

    It worked pretty well shredded for leftovers, though
  4. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Different folks do it different ways.. should be interesting to see how others smoke chickens.
  5. I feel it really depends, you can leave the skin on and have moist tender juicy chicken or you can leave it off and get much more smoke flavor and barely less moisture at least from my experience.

    I do usually pull the skin back a ways stuff some seasoning under and pull it about 1/2 the way back on.

    As stated its a personal preference. Play around try some different ways and see what suits your fancy.
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Oh man you've gotta have some skin to snack on. Just do like Jeff said and kick the heat up at the end and it will crisp up your skin.
  7. herkysprings

    herkysprings Smoking Fanatic

    I like skin off. The only problem is if you smoke for too long, the meat develops a bark which is weird to some. Otherwise the brine + rub takes to the meat much better IMHO.
  8. smokey bones

    smokey bones Fire Starter

    going for it skin on this time .

    into food pro
    onion, garlic
    butter, evo
    orange juice,
    thyme, lemon pep seasoning

    that mix was then stuffed under skin all over, and light sprinkle of lemon pepper mix on outside of skin
    then on to soda can with killians beer
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I smoke my birds laying down and keep the smoker at about 325° the whole time and the skin comes out pretty good to me. But it's not real crispy but it is good to me and my family. You can always put it on the regular grill to crisp the skin if you have that capabilities.
  10. smokey bones

    smokey bones Fire Starter

    ive had em in for about 2 hrs
    turned up to 325 - 350

    IT at 140

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