first time with smoker

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jon thomas, May 19, 2013.

  1. As some know I was given an ECB friday I seasoned it and later saturday we smoked a whole chicken about 6 lbs.

    well our daughter and grandkids showed up and they wanted to stay and eat so we ended up tossing in some pork chops and some pork steaks.

    well hours later we took everything out and started to get the meal ready.  I noticed when I started to remove one of the breasts it was not all the way done so I tossed the breasts in the oven to finish them off.

    I would give this maiden voyage about a 70% success rate.

    The legs, thighs and wings where great.  the pork chops and pork steaks  I could not believe I normally dont eat pork steaks but they reminded me of ribs.

    the breasts on the other hand i did not enjoy at all.  they came out with more of a rubbery texture than what I am use to.

    I will chalk this up as a learning expieriance and avoid whole birds till I make several more adjustments to the ECB

    all in all it was a great day.
  2. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Keep at it and youll figure out the in's and out's of your smoker.

    When you smoke poultry the skin does get tough. I have not personally done it but there are quite a few people who have rubbed mayo on the skin to keep it moist. Smoked chicken is great though! if your actual meat was rubbery then it sounds like something may have been wrong.

    feel free to ask questions on here, there are alot of very knowledge members on this forum

    good luck and good smoking!
  3. yea I do believe something went wrong but other than the breasts everything was great.  So  going to make some mods to the ECB and practice some more as i do mods to the smoker.  I will get the bugs worked out.  

    I will defiantly keep researching , asking questions and learning.

    thank you for the encouragement
  4. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Gotta show the q-views....or pictures....folks will tease you and add this.......[​IMG]

    Just and fyi!

  5. Ok I will make sure to dig out the camera and start using it a lot more  

    No idea what a Q-view is though?
  6. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Q-view is a term we use on here for "pictures of your bbQ"

    prep, smoking, after, plating, ect... :)
  7. bigfoot21075

    bigfoot21075 Fire Starter

    For a whole Chicken, I get OUTSTANDING results butterflying it, everything cooks up nice and moist at the same time. For the skin, mix a teaspoon or so of corn starch in your rub. Also try to let the chicken sit uncovered in the fridge for a few hours before you cook.

  8. thanks  but plating??  i thought we ate right off the grates   lol
  9. bigfoot21075

    bigfoot21075 Fire Starter

    Yeah - but you guys also call going uncontrollably fast down a river on an inadequate raft a Missouri Boat Ride [​IMG]
  10. and thank you for the tip and video link  do you lay the chicken skin side down or bone side down on your grate after butterflying?
  11. bigfoot21075

    bigfoot21075 Fire Starter

    Lay it bone side down...
  12. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    LOL....i do! But some like the artistry in plating...not this guy!
  13. smoke slinger

    smoke slinger Smoking Fanatic

    Hey like others have said just keep at it. If it helps keep a log of your smokes and that way you can learn from your mistakes. I know it helps me when I'm smoking something new or something I have done many times before. We all only get better with time, kinda like a fine
  14. started a binder with the first lesson in the e--course and plan to continue it and take notes...  thanks for the advice
  15. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    i use Evernote..its a free phone/computer app for note taking
  16. thanks  will check it out tomorrow...  have an all in one in the kitchen we  use for  cooking stuff and just got my wife a tablet  a few days ago  so will put it in that as well
  17. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Evernote is nice because you can sync data across multiple devices. i use it on 3 computers and my phone
  18. started adding contents into ever notes  so far it seems pretty cool

    gonna install it on my laptop tonight and play with the syncing and get more familiar with it

    it should be on the tablet soon too

    this was a great tip and i thank you for introducing me to it
  19. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    no problem!
  20. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    O.K. , it's time for a list of toys you'll need :

    A good thermometer to check the temp. of food ( chicken is done at 165* internalmeat temp. - and wrapping them in Bacon helps keep them moist - what doesn't go with Bacon?)

    A Leg and Wing rack

    a Rib rack

    some cool looking apron

    cooks gloves(cheap and make you look like a Pro.)

    Frog Mats ( for cooking small stuff like Veggies , ABT's , and little stuff you want to play with)

    Good chunks of Wood for flavoring

    a beercan opener for your work bench . . . oh. and you'll need one of them too

    and finally a cool looking pair of sunglasses so you can't be seen lokking where you don't need to. .

    Have fun and as always . . .

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