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Today I embark into the great world of smoked food. As I type this my MES30 is seasoning. Later today I have 30 people coming over and I am smoking chicken thighs boneless with the skin on. I am doing two types. First is a BBQ dry rub and the other one is olive oil with herb de Provence. Do you think that will be good? I will also be finishing some baked beans in the smoker for about an hour. Please give me any tips or advice. I plan on using hickory wood. This site is awesome! Should I not soak the chips? How long should I smoke the thighs and at what temp? I am sure I will be on this site tons today and appreciate any thoughts. It should be a great day today in C-town. Forecast is sunny all day with a 100% chance of smoke!
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Welcome aboard!  Glad you joined us.  You've found a great place to learn and share ideas on smoking and grilling great food.  There are plenty of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who enjoy helping each other.  When you need help, just ask!

 

Your plan sounds solid to me!  First advice is be sure to avoid cross contamination if you're cooking multiple foods in the same smoker, by cooking your chicken on the lower racks...this will keep the chicken from dripping on your other foods.  Chicken can smoke at that MES's highest setting.  I like to cook poultry @ 275-300*.  At those temps, thighs should be done in somewhere between 2 and 3 hours, but don't focus too much on cook time.  It's best to cook to the proper internal temperature (IT), which should be about 170* for chicken.  IMHO, I see no value in soaking chips...the water must evaporate before the wood will produce any smoke.  Best advice is to look into getting an AMNPS...a little smoke generator that will produce hours of perfect thin blue smoke in your MES without needing to reload.

 

Good luck, and be sure to show and tell how it turns out!

 

Red

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welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us!

 

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welcome1.gif to the Family. Glad you chose us and hope you come to call us "Home" for sll your BBQ/Smoking needs. We enjoy sharing our adventures and the recipes we come by . So , jump in and have a great cook today, plan a bit of time ahead to be able to enjoy your own party.

 

Everything seems to be in order and your flavors sound great. I do have a "suggestion" . . .

Boil some Eggs, peel them and put them on the smoker(naked) for 45min. to an hour and serve a unique Whole Chicken Dinner.

 

Have fun and as always . . .

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