First smoke with new smoker and chicken w/ Qview!

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by brohnson, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    I seasoned my smoker this morning and got it to 350 degrees. I than smoked some chicken this afrenoon. Heres my recipe.


    2 Game Hens Thawed
    5 Quarts of Cold Water
    2 Cups of Apple Juice
    1 Cup Brown Sugar
    1 Teaspoon Rosemary
    1 Teaspoon Basil
    2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
    2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

    Take (2) 5 lbs birds and let them soak for 24 hours in this brine. I cooked with hickory wood at 230 degrees tell they reached 170 degrees in the breast area. Took 2 & ½ hours.

    My ingredants,

    My Birds,

    My Brine,

    Birds in the brine for 24 hrs,

    Birds in the smoker,

    My first smoke with food!

    My smoking temp and my bird temp on the right,

    My finished Product,

    Everyone liked it alot, I did learn some lessons like maybe a little less smoke next time but I had a blast. I'm hooked.
  2. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking birds !!! Great color on them.. Nice first smoker on the new smoker !!! [​IMG]
  3. I like it. After the first one, any mods in the works or changes (other than less smoke)?

    ps... why such a tiny garage!! lol!!!!!
  4. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    Yes I need to do something with my drip shield, because at 160-170 degrees I was getting slatter hitting my element which was droping my temp. so I think I need to get a bigger chip pan so it covers more of my element. Other than that I'm really happy. also thats my work shop at work, where I built my smoker because its heated
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    They look great nice job [​IMG]
  6. smokingriley

    smokingriley Smoke Blower

    Those are some good looking birds. Nice color!
  7. gravey

    gravey Smoke Blower

    Gorgeous! I love me some hens!
  8. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking yard birds. Like the smoker too!
  9. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Congratulations, They look Great.... so does the Smoker...[​IMG]
  10. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    congrats on a good fist smoke in your new smoke, hns looked good
  11. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have not tried brining any birds yet but after seeing yours I have to give it a try. Great looking smoke!
  12. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    Oh my I did 3 more birds yesterday for the guys at work and did it in apple smoke and that was by far the best ever.
  13. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    Nice looking smoker!
    [​IMG]for a good first smoke and posting a detailed recipe

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