Time to smoke a chicken?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by oldmandt, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. oldmandt

    oldmandt Newbie

    How long will it take to smoke a whole 8 lb. chicken? I have a MES smoker.
  2. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Until you reach 160º, although my wife prefers 180º. Usually around 2 1/2 to 3 hours tops.
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I would spatchcock it which is taking out the backbone and laying flat skin side up. This way when it's done I like 160° personally you can crisp up the skin on the grill or broiler. Hope this helps. [​IMG]
  4. oldmandt

    oldmandt Newbie

    How long will it take to get to 160?
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What temp are you setting? What are your ambient temps? What is your altitude?  What kinds of winds might you deal with.

    We do not cook to time, we cook to internal temp.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  6. smokinal

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

    If you smoke it at 225, you are probably looking at 4 or 5 hours. This is just an estimate. It needs to be 165 in the thickest part of the breast & 175 in the thigh to be safe.

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