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Poll Results: Did I allow the temperature of my chicken to get to high?

Poll expired: May 7, 2011  
  • 75% (3)
  • 25% (1)
4 Total Votes  
post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Good day all.  I have been lurking and reading this forum for the last several months.  What a great community and an invaluable information source.  I am totally new to smoking.  I just got the smoker put together I got for christmas and tried out some chicken this weekend.  All and all it turned out good with only a few learning points.  The equipment I use is as follows - Grill Pro Propane

Smoker, Weber Charcoal Kettle Grill,  Charbroil Propane Grill.


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Chicken Legs that were Brined in the Slaughter House Brine for 4 hours.  Then seasoned 4 different ways for 24 hours, including 1 bag in Italian dressing.  1 bag in McCormicks Poultry Rub, 1 bag  Uncle Joes Rub (local) and 1 Season Salt



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The begining of the smoke.  I used Apple Wood Chips and tried to maintain a 300 degree temperature



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I almost forgot with about an hour left of the smoke I thru on some Brats that had soaked in a Pale Ale for 4 hours and some garlic portabella mushrooms



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The completed mushrooms - really didn't have much of a smoky flavor to them.  I think I would have been better off putting them earlier when the smoke was really rolling, before it died down a little - Good Stuff though!


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The brats were the same way, they didn't pick up much of the smoky flavor I was looking for and could have stood to stay on a little longer or be placed a little lower in the Smoker to give them a little more crisp snap.  The full flavor pale ale really came thru though - this was a cold 4 hour soak - no boiling here!



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The chicken ready to come off the smoker.  Total time 2:40 minitues.  As you notice I have it probed in one of the bigger pieces towards the top of the smoker.  I have read the chicken is done between 167-180 degrees.  I was wanting to make sure these were done as it was my first attempt at this, once it reached 174 degrees I decided to pull them out as the time was getting longer than I had anticipated.  When I done this I also probed a piece towards the bottom of the smoker and it hit at 187 degrees.  It was a little more rubbery and not as tender as I would have liked but all and all pretty good, and a nice flavor.  I guess my favorite would have had to have been the one with the "Uncle Joes" rub on it.



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Plated up with some garlic mashed potatoes on the side!


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post #2 of 6

I pull my chicken at 168 and let the carryover cooking handle the rest.


post #3 of 6

I agree, I think you should have pulled it off a little sooner. You can always put it back on if it's not done.

post #4 of 6

Looks very good and welcome1.gifTo the site you will find alot of great info.


post #5 of 6

i pull my bird at 167 and it has worked for me.

post #6 of 6

I voted no. Here's the reason why. With just a few posts I wonder if you know how to make sure if your therms are calibrated. The one mounted on the door is most likely not-accurate. Your digital is most likely accurate but I would check it out now and on a regular basis if you smoke alot. Looks like you made sure it was on the safe side and all looks great. Keep it up and share the wealth. ;)



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