smoking whole chickens

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by cyclonesmoker, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. cyclonesmoker

    cyclonesmoker Fire Starter

    I am planning to smoke 2 whole 3.5lb chickens on Sunday for the big game. How long can I expect these to take if I maintain the smoker temp between 200-220 degrees?
  2. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    Probably about 3 hours at that temp. I like to do them a bit higher to crisp up the skin.
  3. cyclonesmoker

    cyclonesmoker Fire Starter

    So if I cook around 250 then how long? I want the skin a little crisp too...
  4. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I do my chickens at 300-325 in order to have crispy skin.  Chicken really gains nothing from low and slow.  Cook till breats are 160-165 and thighs are 180
  5. cyclonesmoker

    cyclonesmoker Fire Starter

    Thanks for the advice...
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Yep, 225 chewy, 300 crispy.   They should only take a couple of hours at 300, but go by temp.   [​IMG]
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I just did one Sunday in the SmokinTex which only goes up to 250 and it hit temp right at 3 hours and had a nice crispy skin to boot.  
  8. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've tried them at 325º and the skin was great! Nice and crispy
  9. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    What they said I do mine from 300-325 skin turns out great..

  10. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    How do you get to hang off the side like that???

  11. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  12. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    lol you are right that camera angle makes it look funny. guess its a magic  chicken [​IMG]

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