Smoking some pheasant ?

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by frankc85, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. I have never smoked a pheasant before.  Just wondering what i should do for rub and temp on the smoker.  I have about 8 breast out of some birds i shot this year.  Just looking for some advice.
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Frank, morning.... Pheasant is pretty lean in the fat department.... You might try wrapping in bacon along with herbs and spices for flavor.... I have never done pheasant but it sounds good to me..... Bacon make everything better.... Dave
  3. smokinal

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

    X2 on the bacon!
  4. thanks for the advice.  Do you have a suggested temp to smoke at?
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Smoke from 125 - 150 or so and finish at 240 to crisp the bacon... I would take to an IT of 145 or so...  Don't want to overcook the chinese chicken.... Dave

    Somebody correct the IT if it is too high.... Dave 
  6. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think 145 is good, and safe, less would be better but not safer. Don't forget to brine the birds with your favorite brine, but go less (like half) on the salt because I am assuming your breasts don't have the skin still attached. The first time I brined phez I over salted and they turned out like little salt bricks.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2012
  7. Thanks a lot guys,  will give it a try!!
  8. That sounds really tasty Frank. I would like to try smoking a couple of whole birds if I can find a couple.

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