Thermometer placement?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by raymo76, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. raymo76

    raymo76 Smoking Fanatic

    Hey guys I think today I'm going to do my first (maybe 2 or 3 for left overs) whole chicken. Now the only meat thermometer I own is the one on my DigiQ DX, so where do I place it? In the breast or the thigh? I was going to use Cherry as the only chunks I have are Cherry and Mesquite. Only use smoke for about 2 hours right, then the rest of the cook solid heat? Was thinking about hanging around in the 235* - 240* range.
     
  2. smokinal

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

    Put it in the thick part of the thigh, between the thigh & breast.

    When it hits 175 it's done.

    I use mesquite for poultry & give it smoke the whole time.

    If you smoke it at 235-240 you will have rubbery skin. 

    I would smoke it at 300-325 if your smoker will go that high.
     
  3. raymo76

    raymo76 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Al, my smoker should be able to go that high. I just got back from getting 3 chickens all around 5.3 pounds. I am charging up my camera battery too.... hahah
     
  4. smokinal

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

    God luck Ray!

    We'll be looking forward to the Q-view.
     
  5. raymo76

    raymo76 Smoking Fanatic

    At such temps what is the expected time frame? I'me coming on two hours and my food temp is reading 136 - 137 I was kind of struggling to hit the 330 mark most of the time staying at 288 so far. I couldn't figure out why because I've hit 350 before easily. But then I figured wait a minute, its a traditional smoker with no convection plate so I obviously have a hot spot to the left, move the probe and chicken over to the left, no problem with temps over there. So I hope I can crispy up the skin with the remainder of the cook.
     
  6. raymo76

    raymo76 Smoking Fanatic

    One of the first times my wife has sat outside with me (for an hour) and I began to plead my case as to why I need a Lang [​IMG]  hahaha. She put her foot down last night saying I need to get a job first before I can get a new BBQ. Understandable but then I plead my case to her that my bank account is only low because I spent so much $ on appliances for our house, when she didn't, and paid for an expensive dog for her as a wedding gift! So I argue if she repays me for just the washer and dryer I'll have plenty to pay for a Lang 48 original! hahaha but my case gets dismissed.
     
  7. raymo76

    raymo76 Smoking Fanatic

    I'll tell you what though this is the first time I've ever smoked a whole chicken in about 10 years of Q'n and it smells delish!
     
  8. smokinal

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

    It sounds great Ray!

    Good luck with the Lang!
     

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