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post #1 of 7
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Hello everyone. Want to thank everyone for this great forum and the wealth of information available. It's already been a big help to me.

I just purchased my first smoker, a 22.5" WSM, and fired it up to see what it could do. The only meat I had on hand some some Chicken breasts and tenderloins. I used the "recipe" over at the Virtual Webar Bullet site. I had no problem keeping the temp between 250and275. Opened at 50 minutes to baste with BBQ sauce and recovered. The temp shot up to 325 after that, but I got it back down quickly and maintained the rest of the way. Here's the problem:

At the 65 minute mark, I check the temp with a Taylor instant read thermometer. It read only 140. Kept cooking for about 30 minutes. Same reading. Went almosto 2 hours and highest temp was 145.

Took chicken out and sliced one open. Looks done but still not readung 165.

What am I doing wrong?
post #2 of 7

texas.gif  Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a windy and cold day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.   Double check your temp gauge make sure it is reading correctly 

 

Gary

post #3 of 7
Welcome from Louisiana. You will find a wealth of knowledge here from members who are happy to share it. Don't hesitate to ask questions and take advantage of the search bar.
Most meats will at some point will stall or slow down on their IT. Be patient, it will keep rising. Always remember to make sure your therm probe is not against a bone.
post #4 of 7

Sounds like it is running cool to me. Stick your instant read through the probe hole and see what it says.

post #5 of 7

chicken breasts are done at 168 and loins are done at 135-140. easy to overcook each of those.

post #6 of 7

Bad thermometer. boil water and test. 212 degrees.

post #7 of 7

Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
because their are so many different ways to make great Q...

 

As said above, Check your thermometer 
Happy smoken.
David

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