Being on a diet = smoked chicken

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by hickorybutt, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. hickorybutt

    hickorybutt Smoking Fanatic

    Well the wife and I are trying to drop a few pounds over the next couple of months. She is also working towards a half marathon (I'll leave that to her). Being on a diet means no ribs, pulled pork, beef, or sausage - which is basically my usual menu. So in light of trying to eat cleaner, I'm gonna live off smoked chicken.

    My inlaws have a farm down in GA and we got a bunch of chickens from them back in November. I smoked five this evening. One was seasoned and consumed for dinner (we had guests over). The other four were pulled and put away for meals throughout the next two weeks.

    Here is the pregame:

    Smoker- offset reverse flow
    Brine- 4 gallons of water, 2 cups of salt, and a little garlic/onion powder. Pretty basic.
    Rub seasoning- black pepper, salt, garlic, onion, paprika
    Wood- cherry and pecan mix (thanks Dirtsailor for the recommendation!). Cherry was from a fallen tree and pecan was from WesternWood. I have some of my own pecan currently seasoning. The cherry/pecan combo was out of this world for chicken.
    Temp- 280 to 300
    Time- it finished in 2:10, pulled at 170 IT

    Here are the birds that just came out of the freezer yesterday:

    Got my ingredients for the brine:

    Making the brine in a concentrate:

    Added brine concentrate and rest of water to the plastic buckets I bought at Sam's - perfect for brining:

    Chickens in the brine and into the basement fridge last night to go for 18 hours:

    Sunday approx 3:15 pm EST, starting my charcoal...

    While the smoker heats up, I prepare the birds - again, seasoned one of them for dinner this evening:

    Smoker up to my temp range:

    On the birds go:

    Now I just have to watch a fire for a short while:

    Look at that thin blue smoke. If you can hardly see it, that's because it's thin and blue:

    These girls are just about ready to be let out:

    Here is supper - mmhmm man was it tasty. I broke the "diet" and had some bbq sauce with it. Carolina sauce to be exact - love mustard sauce with chicken.

    And here is our meal staple for the next couple of weeks...

    Thanks for looking.

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  2. Great job James, Chicken looks very tasty, Sorry to hear that you have the diet bug , maybe you will recover soon.

    I have to say, I remember when you started on this forum, and asking questions on how to do mods on your smoker, and now you are posting regular great looking smokes.

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  3. hickorybutt

    hickorybutt Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Gary - really appreciate it.
  4. That is some fine looking yard bird. Good luck on the diet. Remember smoked fish and other seafood is also good. Then all of the smoked veggies.

    Happy smoken.

  5. hickorybutt

    hickorybutt Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks David. I actually do grilled vegetables when I get a chance. Haven't ever smoked any fish before, but it's bound to get done as long as I stick to this diet.
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Awesome looking Chicken, James!!![​IMG]

    Just Beautiful !!![​IMG]

    All looks Mighty Tasty!![​IMG]-------------------------[​IMG]

    Good luck to you on your diet !!![​IMG]

    BTW: That TBS looks Perfect !!![​IMG]

  7. hickorybutt

    hickorybutt Smoking Fanatic

    Thank you Bear!
  8. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice job, James! The smoked chicken looks delicious! Another menu item to consider smoking is pork tenderloin. Very lean and fairly low-cal compared to many other meats.

  9. Hey Hickory, how is the UDS coming ?

  10. hickorybutt

    hickorybutt Smoking Fanatic

    Gary - haven't started yet really. Had a few things come up this past weekend (when I had planned to start). I'm hoping to drill my holes and burn it out this weekend if I get a chance. We'll see. Thanks for asking.

    Red - love the idea! I sure miss my pork, and that will add some variety. Love it.
  11. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Another great way to use smoked meat on a diet is to make soups.  That way you can have your beef and pork too  You can load the soup up with veggies and smoked meat.  Brown rice, barley, and/or quinoa are good additions if you don't overdo it.  Same with beans.  No dumplings though.  I like to make big pots of soup for just my wife and me and we always lose weight when that's what we eat for the week.        
  12. hickorybutt

    hickorybutt Smoking Fanatic

    Agree - soups are good for a diet if you proportion veggies higher than you normally would.

    My wife makes a great chicken tortilla soup, and I plan to put some smoked chicken in there.  
  13. hickory, good luck on your diet and the chix look real good. My wife and I are also healthy eaters and as such watch what we eat. The key to an effective diet is portion control and healthy(er) eating. There's no need to deprive yourself of the things you love. You could very well do a pulled pork salad or lots of soups like others have suggested. Although I do love some pulled chicken with a bit of BBQ sauce!

    Good luck and feel free to PM me for extra support and recipe ideas as you and your wife go through the diet!
  14. hickorybutt

    hickorybutt Smoking Fanatic

    Thank you for the support rgautheir.  That is one of my biggest problems - portion control.  If I do pulled pork, I gotta have two sandwiches plus some meat on the side with no sauce or bun.  If wife makes a cake, I gotta have either a huge piece or just nibble on it all day.  My goal is to lose a few pounds and once I get to a comfortable place, try and be moderate moving forward.  Its a tough thing when one of your hobbies involves making food!
  15. Portion control, you hit it on the head.  

  16. You are indeed correct. It's very hard to loose weight let alone maintain when good food is sort of what you do. I'm a sausage fanatic...if you couldn't I've just had to make some more chicken based stuff to still get my fix. However, I still do some pork also.

    One of the best things that's help me and my wife be aware of what we are eating, is weighing and counting everything we eat. It's a shock at the beginning because like you said, gotta have 2 sammies. But then you see just how many calories are in that and it's a bit frustrating. After a few days of counting calories and weighing your portions, it becomes second nature. In my opinion, a great way to hold yourself accountable is to be counting your calories. If you go over, it was your decision, and the next day when you look at what you ate, you'll realize it wasn't worth it when you're not loosing the weight you thought.

    We use My Fitness Pal for counting the calories btw. 
  17. I am right there with you and support you hickory.  Having a energetic 3 yr old takes a lot out of my wife and I so we are trying to lose weight as well.  Portion control is one our hardest parts as well.  I have done a couple of things to help me that might be able to help you as well.

    The first thing I did was when my smoking session is finished I break it down to 3-4oz portions, vacuum seal each portion and then into the freezer it all goes.  This way when I wan some I have pull out just what I need and that is it.

    The other one is that since I love smoking, my smoker has become the communal smoker.  My neighbors and I all pitch in for fuel and various cuts, then we take turn watching the smoker for those extra long smokes.  Once everything is done we all take some of this and some of that, but I don't take as much as others.  This allows me to continue smoking and not having to eat everything that I smoke.

    On a side note,  I have found that counting the calories is not everything.  My wife is also on weight watchers and using their points calculator there are times that the low-cal/diet item winds up being worse off than the regular product.  

    I hoped something in my ramblings made sense.  

    I wonder if we could get a forum section on healthier recipes/eating.
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We have one, and you are already a member.

    It's called YAWYE (You Are What You Eat), and it was started by "Pops".

    Here ya go-----A Link to "YAWYE":

    Last edited: Jan 22, 2015
  19. Thanks Bear.

    Something about being at work makes my brain shut down 
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL----Been there!![​IMG]


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