And So It Begins! And How it ends, the final product (Q-View)
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So I did another experiment to see if my injecting theory was true. On small cuts of chicken, such as wings you can inject them and get flavor into the meat and still end up with a crispy skin. A few smokes ago I injected half of a chicken (Some like it hot some not). One thing that happened with that smoke was I wasn't able to get the skin to crisp up. Something I attributed to the extra moisture from the injection. I wanted to cook these quarters Scarbelly style for pulled chicken buffalo sandwees. I injected them up with Frank's, and Cajun Butter. One of the quarters I injected with bbq sauce (the boys don't like it hot!) So these smoked up the same as I always do, but no crispy skin!!! Even after searing direct rubber, rubbery, goo. I have concluded that the additional moisture from the injection leads to rubbery skin! NO more Injection for me unless it's wings!!!!
Wasted some of this on the rubbery skin I had to throw out!
Whatcha cooking Dad??
Into the smoke they go.
See that shine? Yeah that's moisture turning the skin into rubber!
Lets see if a direct grill will fix things up.
MMMM BURNT RUBBER!!!!!
Still burnt rubber!!! This skin is gone! Another thing that I found is that all the moisture produced a ton of steam and even though I had great TBS the skin had a creosote flavor. NO more injecting whole or large cuts of chicken for me!
I know the meat was still tasty though.... Case look at my last chicken.. I'll try to find it but the skin was missing from half of the beast and it came out looking like it had crispy skin there. Gotta love cooking birds over hot coals!