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Ribs, Chickens and more, first time, need help

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Add a 1/2 cup of butter to a medium-sized saucepan. Squeeze the juice from one lemon into the pan with the butter. Gently melt the butter and lemon mixture over medium high heat.

  • Add a 1/4 tsp. each of salt, pepper, oregano, chili powder, dry mustard, basil and thyme to the saucepan.

  • Mix in a 1/2 tbsp. each of Worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar, along with a 1/2 tsp. of sugar and a clove of minced garlic.
     
  • Remove the marinade from the heat when the butter has melted and all of the ingredients are mixed together. Allow the marinade to cool completely before putting it on the chicken. If the marinade is too hot, it will prematurely cook the meat.

  • Place the chicken in a large plastic bag or bowl. Pour the cooled marinade over the chicken and toss to cover. Seal the bag or cover the bowl.

  • Put the chicken in the refrigerator and allow it to marinate for 2 to 24 hours before smoking it. The longer the meat marinates, the more tender and flavorful it will be.

  • Remove the chicken from the refrigerator when it is finished marinating. Rest the chicken in the marinade at room temperature for 20 minutes, allowing the temperature of the meat to equalize. Placing very cold chicken into your smoker can result in tough meat.

  • Shake excess marinade off of the chicken before placing it inside the smoker.


I plan on firing up my MES smoker this weekend.  The Marinade above I am going to use for the Chicken.  I will be doing that Thursday, when the below happens, then place in a plastic bag and put in the fridge until Saturday
 
My Good Friend is going to bring some pork spare ribs over Thursday night, we will prepare the ribs with Rub, then wrap them in Plastic wrap and put in fridge till Saturday.
 
Then early Saturday morning I will fire up the Smoker and Put the Ribs in, do them the 3 2 1 way.
 
I plan on water in the pan for first 3 hours, then no water pan at all for the remainder.
 
Now when should I putting the Chickens in, I know, on the bottom rack  At start, or finish.  When do they go in?
 
Thanks, Dave
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Sounds great , Dave... just don't forget the Q-view ... popcorn.gif I'll be right here and ...

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