I recently recieved my shipment of pecan pellets from Todd Johnson at A-MAZE-N products and I was itching to smoke something with em. It had been so long since I'd smoked with pecan that I couldn't decide what to try it on. After some suggestions from the helpful members here, I decided on chicken.
Started out with some boneless/skinless and trimmed the fat and yucky stuff.
Then I butterflied em and they all went into a 2 gallon ziplock filled with Italian dressing where they rested overnight.
Took em out this afternoon and gave each a generous sprinkle of mozzarella.
Then I added some sausage from a meat locker I go to when visiting the parents.
Wrapped the sausage in the chicken and did a alf hassed bacon wrap on the chicken. IMHO this allows more smoke penetration into the chicken but adds a bit of moisture and flavor as well.
Only had 4 sausages and 6 chicken breasts so I used some johnsonville brats in the last 2.
Got the MES fired up to 230 and added 1 1/2 rows of pecan pellets to the AMNPS. Lit both ends for a nice heavy smoke. I changed the usual placement of the AMNPS and was very happy with the result. I normally place it on the support bars next to the heat element. I have gotten some good smokes that way but I had a couple times where the heat interfered with the AMNPS.
Today I placed the AMNPS on the bottom rack(which I never use anyways) just above the water pan and directly below my makeshift smoke stack. I kept the chicken on the left side of the MES to avoid dripping on the AMNPS. It smoked like a charm!
Both ends chugged along the whole time giving off nice TBS. Used cell phone for this pic.
As the temps on the chicken started to rise, I skewered some asparagus and brushed with EVOO. I like to run 2 skewers through each bunch so its easy to flip as a whole and none of the asparagus spins during flipping.
Sprinkled with garlic salt and a romano/parmesan mix.
On to the grill.
As the chicken hit 165 I pulled it and threw it on the grill for a few to crisp up the bacon a little. This chicken/bacon looks like it went a few rounds with Mike Tyson.
But what it lacks in looks it makes up for in taste. Pecan did an outstanding job.
Thanks for looking.