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First smoke......take one.

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Getting the fire going for my first attempt at smoking. Going to do a whole chicken (halved). I will post pics along the way!
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I can smell the smoke from here!

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Can't wait to see that smoke.... Smoked chicken is awesome ! beercheer.gif
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Getting the fire going for my first attempt at smoking. Going to do a whole chicken (halved). I will post pics along the way!

 

 

Congrats on undertaking your first smoke.   Since it's your first time out, what is the plan with the chicken ?

post #5 of 19
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We brined it overnight (used a brine I saw on here), and then used lemon slices under the skin with chopped garlic and rosemary on one half. The other half, we just left alone to see the flavor of the smoke. EVOO on the outside of both halves. Forgot to mention I have a Leinenkugals Summer Shandy in the water pan....
Edited by AMC Bull - 4/4/14 at 2:20pm
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One hour down....slapped a little more oil on them. IT 105 right now.
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Hour two...a little more oil. IT 130.
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Done! Chow time!
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So, I averaged 230-240 for most of the time, bumped it up at the end to 300 as the IT started backing down around 255, which confused me. Put some homemade bourbon BBQ sauce on the one half during the last hour or so, turned out quite tasty. Very juicy, and great flavor. I used hickory for smoke...which worked out nicely. I need to figure out some other minor details, but otherwise it will be fun doing this again.
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Done! Chow time!

That's some good lookin chewin there !! icon14.gif
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That is a large chicken. Looks like you got to where you wanted to be, cause its a pretty chicken.

 

Wasn't it just a wonderful day?

post #12 of 19
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Thanks guys! I think next will be a pork butt.....just gotta do some research on that one first.
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Thanks guys! I think next will be a pork butt.....just gotta do some research on that one first.

Pork butt Is simple & ya will love it !! It's just a lot of hurry up and wait....make sure ya have a good thermometer,... Get ya some Baileys for your coffee and some brewskies... Watchin a pork butt can be taxing.... laugh1.gif Please ask us when your ready if ya have any questions on the butt smoke !!
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Nice Yard bird , AMC :drool Keep doing that nice and you'll get to be a old hand at them. Try Spatchcock , Beer  can Chicken and different rubs I don't inject, but try different flavors in the mix  ; Onion ,Garlic Thyme, what ever in the brine for more flavor:drool

 

Have fun and as always . . .

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I'll jump in here too & say that you did a fine job on your first smoke  Thumbs Up

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Great job! That must have been great fun, smelled incredibly good, and tasted delicious!!!!!!!! Cheers! - Leah

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Looks great....another one bites the dust. Soon he will be visiting this site as often as I do...no wait...that's impossible.
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Looks fantastic, I'm 1 1/2hrs in my first attempt at a whole chicken.

How did the Lemon rosemary turn out?
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Leah it was everything I had hoped it would be! I can't wait to do the next one!

Worktogthr, as much as I wish I could be on here often, we just moved into a new home and I have my hands full! biggrin.gif

CarbonFiber101, the lemon/Rosemary was great. We use rosemary a lot with our beercan chickens. Fresh rosemary is the key!
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