Thanks Leah and Justin. It took me forever to convince my wife that the pink she saw was the smoke ring and not undercooked chicken. lol We both grew up being taught that pink bird is very bad. lol It was not until I started smoking that I realized that it is not the color but the temp that dictates when it is done. Especially since rubs and smoke cause coloration.
As for my taste tester there, she would have loved to get a hold of the chicken. I really have to watch her because she will not hesitate to pull food off the counter if she can reach it. You can be standing in front of the food on the counter and she will sneak between you and the counter and attack the food before you even know she is there.
When I did hamburgers the last time, I had the first hamburger patty made and I put it on a plate that was sitting on a towel. The towel was hanging over the counter and as soon as I turned to make a new patty, she had grabbed the towel, pulled the towel and plate off the counter, had 1/2 the raw hamburger in her mouth, and disappeared down the hallway. Before I could pick up the mess and throw the rest of the hamburger that hit the floor away, she was back licking the floor even before I could finish cleaning the floor. I cannot get mad at her, after all, she is a Basenji and it is in their nature to stalk and hunt. If I am dumb enough to give her a method to grab food, and she can figure out how to get to it, then I have to give her props. lol
While frustrating as hell, she keeps me on my toes and drives myself and my wife completely nuts.
I think she grabbed a piece of chicken off of my wife's plate earlier today because my wife left the plate close to the edge and Saphira (my basenji) was able to grap one piece of breast meat. I heard my wife as they both ran past my door heading down the hallway. lol
With 7 dogs, life is definitely never boring here and always an adventure.