Smokin a chicken (whole cut in half) How long?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by happysmokin, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. I am smoking a whole chicken, cut in half for time saving, I have the smoker set at 250, (I've done it before for quicker cookin'), Can someone verify for me that it should only take about 2.5 hrs to cook at 250? Thanks.
  2. I think that's about right, but the first rule in BBQ is: It's done when it's done.  Use time as a guide...use temp to determine when it's done.
  3. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    It would be helpful to know how much it weighs, but in any event you should cook it 'til the internal temp of the breast is at least 165° and the thigh is 175°. If you think you may be pressed for time bump the cooking temp up some more. BBQ happens at temps as high as 375°, I generally cook chicken in the 260°- 300° range.
  4. Got er done, 2.5 hours and Puuurfect. Thanks all, but that was last night for dinner, I got it done. Uh, anyone know how I can remove this one now that it's old?
  5. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Don't bother, 2 years from now someone will resurrect this thread for the edification of all[​IMG]
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  6. johnnie walker

    johnnie walker Smoking Fanatic

    [​IMG]    LOL!
  7. billyj571

    billyj571 Smoking Fanatic

  8. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah-Cliff has it right, I've seen some dead posts that have been resurrected after 4 years. But don't worry, down the road some newbie will stumble upon it and learn something new.
  9. Just did :)
  10. whittling chip

    whittling chip Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    "Smokin a chicken (whole cut in half) How long?"

    I'd say about 10-12".


    After reading the thread, years from now I wanted to make sure I left my mark.

    Here's Mark


  11. uncle tre

    uncle tre Newbie

    Dutch was right Cliffcarter I'm new and its about to be 2015, and this post

    has helped me get ready for tomorrow, thanks to all of you for the input.

  12. uncle tre

    uncle tre Newbie

    I meant HappySmokin those 2 were right.
  13. milo

    milo Newbie

    4 years later and I thank you for this thread!
  14. sigmo

    sigmo Smoking Fanatic

    Yep. Just thought I'd check proper temp for doing chicken, and this thread popped up and had the lowdown I needed in August of 2016.

    Old threads are never wasted. If it's good information, it will likely do someone some good later on down the line.

    In this case, we had a couple of picked-over rotisserie chickens that we got at the local Sam's club, and I needed to make room in the fridge. So chicken soup it will be.

    But rather than the usual chicken soup, I thought I'd smoke 'em before simmering them to give the soup something extra. So these carcasses, from the fridge, are going into the smoker.

    While they have been cooked before, I just figured doing it more or less the same as you would a fresh chicken ought to be the safe way.

    So thanks again for this old thread.

    Tabbed in.
  15. russmn

    russmn Smoking Fanatic

    5 years later and this is still rolling!!
  16. Let's keep it rolling.

    My butcher usually sets me up with a nice spatchcocked 5 pound chicken. At 350 in my Weber bullet it's ready in 1.5 hours. Juicy, smoky and great tasting. My wife loves smoked chicken so that's what I smoke most of the time. I love them, too.

    Hmmm...I'll think I'll do one tomorrow night! With Big Bob Gibson's white sauce!
  17. russmn

    russmn Smoking Fanatic

    Here's a chicken I did the other day ! Brined and injected with beer and some juice
  18. Awww, what the heck,

    Might as well join the party and give it another bump, hahaha.

    I went looking for info on smoking Half Chicken and found this thread.

    I just finished a slow and low 3 1/2 hour smoke on these...

    My mouth is watering so much, I may need to put a bib on so I don't dribble all over the keyboard !
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  19. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looking good!
  20. Holy cow does that ever look tasty! Wow!

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