Here is my predicament - my wife is home during the day with the kids, but is not interested in being involved with the smoking process. Do you think there is any way I could start smoking chicken at 7am right before I leave the house, and finish it at 5pm when I return home? I would prefer to not ask her to take stuff out and wrap it in foil, but it's no problem to just ask her to go change the temperature on the smoker.
For the last few years I have been on chicken duty for Thursday's - when I get home I cut a whole chicken into pieces and grill it up. Family goes crazy for it. I'm interested in trying to smoke either these pieces, or possibly spatchcock a chicken and smoke each half. We love the crispy skin, so I expect I would be finishing a bird on the grill.
What would your prediction be on results if I were to start the bird at some high-ish temperature to get it to 140 relatively quickly, and then reduce the temperature to slow cook it the rest of the day? Maybe fill the AMNPS half full for about 5 hours of smoke, start the bird at 275 for however long it takes to get to 140, and then reduce the temp to something like 175? I would like to have the chicken pretty close to done after that 10 hour period, and then throw it on the grill on high to crisp the skin.
Anyone have experience with this kind of approach? Am I going to dry out the bird with that long cook? Should I add a pan of water after the first 5 hours once the AMNPS burns out?