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Beer Can Chicken - First Smoke on WSM 18.5' - Qview and Log

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Got a deal on a 18.5" WSM off Craigslist yesterday.  With whole chickens being on sale for $0.99/lb I figured if I screwed it up I wouldn't be out a whole lot.

 

Outside temp was 58, cloudy and the wind was about 8-12 mph.

 

 

1100 - Rubbed down, placed on cans and went back in the fridge.

 

The top vent stayed fully open the entire time. 

 

Time       Thigh Temp     Smoker Temp     Vent 1     Vent 2     Vent 3

1345             48                      60            100%      100%      100%

1400             57                    151            100%      100%      100%

1415             84                    174            100%      100%      100%

1430            111                   199              25%        25%        25%

1445            131                   208              25%        25%        25%

1500            147                   212              25%        25%        25%

1508            151                   210              25%        25%       100%

1515            154                   214              25%        25%       100%

1530            162                   219              25%        25%       100%

1542            164                   225              25%        25%         50%

1545            165                   223              25%        25%         50%

1548            165                   221              25%        25%        100%

1552            167                   219              25%       100%       100%

1556            169                   217              100%      100%      100%   

1600            169                   221              100%      100%      100%

1615            172                   219              100%      100%      100%

1630            176                   212              100%      100%      100%

1645            178                   207              100%      100%      100%

1650            180                   206               Pulled the Chickens off to rest    

      

 

I was going to jump the temp after two hours to try and crisp the skin up a little, but just couldn't get the temp to quit dropping.  Used the minion method and had plenty of fuel.  Any suggestions?  Still tasted great though.  Pretty happy for the first time using it.  

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nice looking birds...good first smoke. I run pellets so not much help with the WSM but there are a lot here that use them. Stay tuned....help will be around shortly....Willie

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