First time smoking Chicken Breasts

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by tishthedish, Apr 22, 2015.

  1. tishthedish

    tishthedish Fire Starter

    So I finally smoked something in my ECB today, it was pretty much one of the worst days to smoke but I was just too excited. It was 37F, 20-29Mph Winds and Snowing... But the smoker stayed at a steady 225-250 for all three hours. I used 75% Cherry & 25% Apple wood, overall they turned out nice, but I wish they were a little more juicy. I took the chicken out at exactly 165F and rested them for 10 min.. If anyone has tips when to take them out my ears are open. 

    Recipe: 

    Brined for 18 hours

    Sat with rub for 25 min 

    Cheery & Apple wood 



     
  2. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I like my poultry to smoke between 280* and 325* (or more). I like the finished product better that way.

    Everything else sounds like you did good!
     
  3. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    That is a nice looking ECB with those mods.

    As for the chicken, breasts are hard to keep moist as there is little to no fat. You could try bone in skin on breasts and see if you like that better. I personally think that leg quarters on the smoker are the best part of the chicken.
     
  4. tishthedish

    tishthedish Fire Starter

    Thank you! I'll try different cuts and a higher temp
     
  5. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I like to filet breasts like that open and stuff them with cream cheese and jalapeno or asparagus or whatever sounds good, then wrap in bacon. I have also made chicken courdon bleu with ham and swiss and blue cheese and they were fabulous.


     
  6. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    My wife is all about boneless skinless breasts for the low fat, but on the smoker I use skin on, and rub herbed butter under the skin, I pull them at 162* then put them on a hot grill to crisp the skin(she still pulls it off). Not quite as healthy, but they sure are good!
     
  7. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    Tish, do a search on brines here, or come up with your own.  Brining is a nearly 100% surefire way to keep the breasts moist.  My grilled / smoked chicken breasts are a family favorite.  I cook them on my UDS at about 325 degrees, for about 20 minutes per side, until the thickest part reaches 160, then they rest for 10 to 15 minutes, slice them and enjoy.  Before I flip them at the 20 minute mark, I'll baste them with olive oil, flip them then baste the other side.  Gives a great golden brown color finish to the meat.  My brine is a bit salty for most so you might adjust as necessary, I use 2 quarts of water, 1/2 cup kosher salt, 1/4 cup white sugar, then 1 packet of whatever dry seasoning mix or marinade hits me at the grocery store that day.  For use with Italian dishes, I buy the Zesty Herb marinade packet.  For a bit more spice, I'll go with the A-1 Chipotle marinade packet.  Brine for 3 to 4 hours, then rinse off and get on the smoker..  
     
  8. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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