Smoked Chicken Breasts (MES30)

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by tumbleweed1, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    Trying breasts in this MES for the first time today. In fact, they went in about 20 minutes ago along with some beans & pork neck bones (covered in another thread). I've done wings a few times with success so now I wanted to try breasts. And these are some good-sized ones. I put my chicken rub to them this morning, buttermilk-brined them for a couple more in the late morning til about noon & put them in a little while ago after bacon-wrapping, which I've never attempted before. But they're in now & I have a few pics to share.

    Started with 4 of these-

    Rubbed, brined & re-rubbed'em-

    Wrapped'em up-

     They're in & I plan on saucing them with some BBG Championship Red sauce prior to removing from the smoker. I can only hope they're even CLOSE to as good as the wings have been. We'll see soon enough.

  2. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    About an hour or so in & I went ahead & rotated the screen the chicken is on 180 degrees.

    Also snapped a pic-

  3. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    About 2 hours in & it was time to sauce them.

    Another 20 minutes & they'll be ready.

  4. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    And they're done.

    They taste incredible! Not dry & full of flavor. Even the bacon was good.

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  5. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    And the beans.....

    Most excellent!

  6. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like a successful cook to me! I'll come by later for mine! :biggrin:

    Keep it going!
  7. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    Thank you CB. I appreciate it.

    I'll keep a plate warm for ya lol.

    Last edited: Oct 8, 2015
  8. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking , Tumbleweed ! The Wifey likes the boneless , White mear too , she doesn't like to chew off the bone and dislikes the Dark meat ( I keep telling her it's better and juicier but she don't , and that's that ) ! Oh well , a Happy Mama makes the World less bumpy ! ! !:biggrin:

    You better put your running shoes on CB ! ! ! 22 hundred miles sepertes you from Chhi-Town , that's 22hours averaging 50 MPH :sausage:
  9. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks OS. The breast meat is my wife's favorite as well. I like'em ok but wings are my favorite. I'll do legs like once a year (she don't like'em) & neither of us really like thighs. I WILL say that she puts up with my wings way more than I have to eat any other piece, so I can't complain. Happy wife+happy life, or so they say. 

  10. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    Just a little update on the leftovers.

    Last night's supper was smoked chicken breast wraps.

    Very good & I can't wait to do it again.

  11. That looks really good. I was curious if the breast would dry out any or not. Bacon wrap is a always a nice touch!
  12. great looking stuff there.

  13. Tumbleweed, I was curious. Did you use any kind of spray or mop during the smoke? Does the bacon do that for you? Ive never wrapped with bacon but I was planning on stuffing some breast and thighs this weekend for a smoke! They look amazing! Great job!
  14. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks guys.

    I attribute the moisture they retained to brining them. I'm sure the bacon didn't hurt, though.
    No spraying or mopping was done. I did not rinse the brine off, either. In fact, I added a little more rub to them right before putting them in the smoker. The last 3 pics of the breasts while they were still wrapped DO show them lightly sauced, though. Thank you for the kind words.

  15. Looks good! I'm thinking of doing some chicken breasts this weekend. Will be my 1st smoke on the MES40. What temperature did you set your MES?
  16. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Rocky.

    I max mine out (275).

  17. 4pogo7

    4pogo7 Smoking Fanatic

    Everything looks great!
  18. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic


    It was a really good smoke.

  19. Can someone tell me how you can start a post on here?
  20. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Right next to the Post Reply it has the Start a New Thread


    In all the forums beef pork poultry at the top it has start a new thread also

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