Temp to start smoking

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by callmaker60, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. I plan to smoke my first chicken this week.  Is there a process in temp selection, like stating low, or just set the temp at say 200, and let it go until done?
     
  2. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't know what kind of cooker you have, but IMO 200* is way too low for chicken. I would rather see you at 250* or closer to 300*. It will get out of the danger zone quicker and the skin will be crisper. Let it cook until an IT of 160* in the fattest part of the breast and 170* in the thigh. A really good way to smoke a chicken is to spatchcock it. Go to the search bar and enter spatchcock and you will get to all of the details. This method will give you a quicker cook and a better cook throughout.

    Good luck with your chicken, Joe
     
  3. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You will want to cook at a higher temp than 200.  I like to smoke birds around 250.  The most important temp to be concerned with is the internal temperature of the breast meat.  For safety be sure the internal temp at the breast hits 165 before you take it off your smoker.  Try not to go much higher than that as the bird may become dry. 

    Once you get your IT of 165 at the breast, take the bird off and cover with foil and let it sit on the counter for a good 30 minutes to redistribute the juices. 

    Here is a link to one of my chicken smokes.  Good luck! b

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/196898/bdskelly-encore-smoke-spatchcocked-hen-on-the-mini-mwsm
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2015
  4. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It don't look I'm too far off, Brian. That really feels good, Joe
     
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  5. Joe, I just purchased an Masterbuilt 30" electric, thanks for the info. I'll start at 275, thanks for the help.
     
  6. Thanks BD for the reply, I'll probably start at 275, thanks for the info. You and the other replys have been a big help.
     
  7. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    LOL  Yup 275 will work too Brother Joe. 

    B
     
  8. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

     
  9. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Brian, Thanks for all of your help and encouragement. You are a definite asset to our site.
     

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