Smoked chicken Tamales

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by webowabo, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I smoked some chicken quarters last night for the whole purpose of leftovers for the week. First task at hand... first time tamales! I researched a bunch of different recipes online and decided I would do half chili Verde. . And half red chili sauce. I didnt really use exact amounts for either sauce. And the Masa I just followed the directions from package.
    6 cups masa
    5 cups broth or water
    Onion/garlic powder
    Marinaded some of the pulled chicken for a few hours half with red..half with green sauce..enjoy the pics..
    [​IMG]chicken last night
    [​IMG]some of it pulled
    [​IMG] tomatillos, onion, garlic, and lime all smoked for 2 hours on UDS
    [​IMG]cali dried red chili pods and onion garlic getting rehydrated...
    [​IMG]red chili sauce marinade for chicken and some reserve for serving...
    [​IMG]smoked salsa verde marinaded chicken with the chili verde for serving..
    [​IMG][​IMG]I have no dough making utensils. . Think I have more masa on the cieling and walls but was fun to make. .
    [​IMG]staging area. I needed a few more people to help the making of the tamales... but overall it was fun and therapeutic this morn'n
    Overall.. so far the process was fun... I plan on steaming them in the morning.. hopefully they turn out good.. cause tamales are some work... for this first timer ;) thanks for looking..

  2. ps0303

    ps0303 Meat Mopper


    If I give you my address and I pay the shipping will send me some?
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Fantastic!!! Went to my first tamale wrapping party last Christmas and loved it! Think I'll take some smoked chicken to the next one!
  4. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    A party would be ideal.. cuts down the making time.. have three or four fillings and let the party begin..

  5. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking Tamales.  Chicken is hard to beat, but I use leftover PP and Brisket . Nothing is sacred...[​IMG]  .

    Hope you enjoy them , now I need to plan on some. [​IMG]
  6. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member


  7. appwsmsmkr1

    appwsmsmkr1 Meat Mopper

    Wait!!! I hate to see you go through all that work and have the masa seep out!! You must wrap the tamale completely in the banana leaf. Overlap two side by side put the stuffing in the middle then fold over and tie with string. Lemme send you a paper towel example
  8. appwsmsmkr1

    appwsmsmkr1 Meat Mopper

  9. appwsmsmkr1

    appwsmsmkr1 Meat Mopper

  10. appwsmsmkr1

    appwsmsmkr1 Meat Mopper

    Ok sorry I panicked. I just didn't want you to loose your hard work. Being married to a Cuban tamales are second nature to us. Hope this helps.
    *soak the banana leaves too it makes them easier to work with
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2013
  11. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That sure looks like fun.... Chicken tamales are good, but homemade salsa Verte and masa are out-frickin standing!

    Foam likes a good tamale!
  12. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks totally delicious from here!

  13. ps0303

    ps0303 Meat Mopper

    Mexican tamales are not wrapped in banana leafs.  Just the corn husk like the OP has shown.
  14. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    They haveabeen in the steamer upright for about 45 mins... and a few of my wraps have come undone.. lets hope thr others hold together... I figured upright with open end up they would hold together... lesson learned.. ; l
  15. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Turned out great.. only lost 6 due to some blow outs.. ill wrap different next time...alittle on the oily side.. maybe the masa was a bit wet.. but still great.. and smoky!
  16. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    AAIIEE!!! What beautiful handiwork!  Looks outstanding!

  17. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Awwwww Dude, a cheezy little pic of the money tamale?? Whattttttttttt??? LMAO.....hey, take a BIGGER pic of that salsa verde tamale for almost fav salsa....Gawd, I love it. Great way to use up the left-overs so it's not really a 'left-over'. Same masa I used when I did PP ones a few months back. That stuff rocks and easy to make. Truth...I didn't tie mine at all (lazy?). I did make mine smaller than yours with nothing sticking outta the top and, like you, stood them up in the pan....worked great although I did use the steamer at work (oblong) instead of the round tamale steamer available for sale. Great job, regardless of a few blowouts, for your first time and you'll only get quicker and better at it......Willie
  18. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Sorry ill take some better pics. I was so exhausted yesterday (my day off that I had to work more than I wanted) that it didnt dawnon me to grab a better pic. The verde was the best thing of the whole cook... I love some tomatillos smoked...
  19. Wow! Very nice, :yahoo:
    Love me some good tamales!
  20. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    For Chef Willie... lol.
    The yum yum!
    Left side.. red chili sause.. right got the verde..
    3am snack... just so I could take some more pics ;)
    Thanks for Looking...
    the advice..
    cant wait to make some more.. PP for sure next time!

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