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First Smoke Ever! Chicken Quarters on new MES40

post #1 of 15
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Ok so 2 days ago my new MES40 Gen 2 arrived.  Yesterday my AMNPS and pellets arrived and seasoned the MES.  Today I just had to smoke something so had the wife pick up a pack of chicken quarters for my first smoke since they are hard to mess up and pretty cheap.

Set MES to 275 and let preheat to about 240.  While preheating I put on some garlic/herb spices on 4 (back) and the remaining 4  I used a good amount of Tony's Creole!  Put in my chicken and AMNPS.

 

Roughly 2.5 hours later once the IT hit 170 I pulled out these beautiful quarters!

 

 

I then put em under the broiler in my oven for roughly 3 min to crisp up the skin.  Man do they ever taste wonderful!  I cannot wait until this weekend and trying to figure out what my 2nd smoke is going to be!  I am tore between trying a FATTY (since they look so delicious) or some ribs?  I am up for suggestions!

post #2 of 15
Great break in smoke!

I vote ribs...
post #3 of 15

3-2-1 ribs...they come out great!

post #4 of 15
Congrats on your first smoke!! Chicken looks really great. Which rub did you like better?
As for the next smoke, I vote for ribs AND a fatty. The fatty will be done first so you can snack while waiting on the ribs. Good luck and make sure you let us know how smoke #2 turns out.
post #5 of 15

Oh Yeah!!!Thumbs Up

 

Those Chicken Quarters look Great !!:drool:drool

 

Check out my Step by Step Index, Below. That could help you decide what to do next.

 

They were all done in an MES.

 

 

Bear

post #6 of 15

The yard bird looks very tasty! I would say your off to a good start. What ever you decide for your 2nd smoke will be tasty.

Happy smoken.

David

post #7 of 15

Quarters look great , now go big or go home . . . try a Pork Butt , this will test your patience and help Season the Smoker . A Butt is hard to mess-up and has a stall which teaches one

 

to ride out a stall , just don't change anything.

 

Have fun and . . .

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mdboatbum View Post

Congrats on your first smoke!! Chicken looks really great. Which rub did you like better?
As for the next smoke, I vote for ribs AND a fatty. The fatty will be done first so you can snack while waiting on the ribs. Good luck and make sure you let us know how smoke #2 turns out.

 

Tony's Creole was one of my favorites before and now that smoke flavor is added I love it even more!  Hands down Tony's.

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Pat King View Post
 

Quarters look great , now go big or go home . . . try a Pork Butt , this will test your patience and help Season the Smoker . A Butt is hard to mess-up and has a stall which teaches one

 

to ride out a stall , just don't change anything.

 

Have fun and . . .


This was suppose to be on my time line , however , Pat has abducted my 'puter...:icon_eek:

post #10 of 15
The chicken looks great!! I vote ribs as well! Put them in the MES with the AMNPS doing its thing and check back in about 5 hours to start checking for tenderness. Easy and delicious!
post #11 of 15

Great looking chicken. You're going to love the MES and the AMNPS it the perfect accessory.  Keep the posts coming. B

post #12 of 15
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Thanks for all the suggestions!  I ended up going with what was on sale and went with some CSR.  I like to take little steps so I think a thicker roast or butt is going to be probably Xmas week when I get a little more use to it.  I will be starting a new thread with some Q-view.

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by buffpeon View Post
 

Thanks for all the suggestions!  I ended up going with what was on sale and went with some CSR.  I like to take little steps so I think a thicker roast or butt is going to be probably Xmas week when I get a little more use to it.  I will be starting a new thread with some Q-view.

 

Sounds Great !!

 

Be careful---CSRs are easily dried out---Keep an eye on them.

 

 

Bear

post #14 of 15

Nice , good looking quarters... :drool

post #15 of 15
Hi buffpeon, welcome to the world of smoking. Good looking Chicken!

Smokin Monkey 🇬🇧
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