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chicken confusion???

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hey fellow smokers!  Got the newsletter in my email today and love the recipe for smoked chicken in a pie pan.  I like the idea of smoking a whole chicken---setting a whole cooked bird at the dining room table is the ultimate presentation in my book.

Anyway, my question is this:  Looking at chickens in the store, some say Frying and some say Roasting.   The Roasters seem like they are a little bigger, but not much.  So, does anyone know the difference and does it matter when it comes to smoking? 

post #2 of 16

Cant really help with the question.... chickens are not my go to cook.... but Ill wait for a few I know that are chicken peoples and like you await some answers.  its a good question.

post #3 of 16

  Not sure myself but I buy the one that is on sale! Usually around 5 pounds. They always come out great.

 

  Mike

post #4 of 16

just throwing it out... but does it have anything to do with the additives while processing? you would think more liquid additives for a roasting bird vs a fryer right? that's just a random thought. I waiting on David or Keith to chime in ...

post #5 of 16

roaster's are larger, older bird...fryers are younger, small birds...i like the roaster's much better for smoking whole

post #6 of 16
Fryer chickens are younger then the roasters.

Places will prefer the smaller chickens for frying due to size and ease of cooking in the oil. The smaller birds can be a bit more tender, but really depends on their diet. I have had roasters that were very tender. For my cooks I usually go for what is on sale.

So for your purpose of smoking it really depends on how many you are feeding and cost. just my thoughts....
post #7 of 16
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Dang you guys didn't waste any time!  That's why I love ya! biggrin.gif  I found an article on yahoo saying Fryers are young--7 weeks old and between 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 lbs.  Roasters are older--3 to 5 months and 5 to 7 lbs.

post #8 of 16
FWIW, here are the official definitions handed down by the "rulers."

Rock Cornish game hen or Cornish game hen: an immature chicken younger than five weeks old (previously five to six weeks), of either sex, with a ready-to-cook carcass weight of two pounds or less.
Broiler or fryer: a chicken younger than 10 weeks old (previously younger than 13 weeks), of either sex, that is tender-meated with soft, pliable, smooth-textured skin and flexible breastbone cartilage.
Roaster or roasting chicken: a young chicken between eight and 12 weeks old (previously three to five months old), of either sex, with a ready-to-cook carcass weight of five pounds or more, that is tender-meated with soft, pliable, smooth-textured skin and breastbone cartilage that is somewhat less flexible than that of a broiler or fryer.


~Martin
post #9 of 16
Smf is faster than google/yahoo.. lol. We both learned something today.. woohoo. . ;)
post #10 of 16
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You said it webowabo....I'm always learning on this site.  A friend of mine got a a brinkmann bullet smoker and the first thing I did was email him a link to this site. 

post #11 of 16

I always use the roasters simply because there is more meat.  Use them for chicken and dumplins and for smoking too!

 

Kat

post #12 of 16

I usually get roasters because they have a little more meat but if the fryers are a fair bit cheaper I go with them - both are good to smoke  grilling_smilie.gif

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Originally Posted by JohnnyRockford View Post

You said it webowabo....I'm always learning on this site.  A friend of mine got a a brinkmann bullet smoker and the first thing I did was email him a link to this site. 
My friends dont smoke or grill or cook or anything... they get sick of me talking about this forum. I gotta start hangimg around the smokers at home depot or academy or something.. just for a "normal conversation" with something that interest me... lol..
post #14 of 16

I feel you'll be spinning your wheels at a Box Store... they just want the paycheck , most don't their "A" from a hole in the ground...

 

Holler out for neighbors there in the Metroplex. I know of several , maybe an hour away, but if you meet and talk, you may end-up beercheer.gif friends...  OR do as I do, just start talking BBQ/Smoking to someone in the Outdoor Equip. area and see what happens icon_eek.gif . The Meat section is a great area too. But I'm 65y/o and don't come across as a Nut, just a confused Old Man...ROTF.gif.

post #15 of 16
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I can't go to home depot or lowes without stopping by the grill aisle to say hello.   To the grills and toys, not the people.

post #16 of 16

My best friend is the shelf that holds all the wood/lump... its sad.. I know.. but.... "Ive got friends in low places" .

... lol

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