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First smoke tomorrow...hopefully

post #1 of 16
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My name is Wesley, 36. Married with a 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son. We live in Murrayville Georgia.

I recently lost a little weight and was thinking of healthier things to eat while camping other than cheeseburgers and hot dogs on the grille. We camp quite a bit as family and a smoker seemed like a real good idea for cooking healthy and tasty camping food. Plus I just wanted it for home on the weekends.

I don't have the patience for a wood smoker and don't want to worry about propane tanks so I went with a 30 inch Masterbuilt electric smoker.

I'm not sure I can find a fresh turkey this time of year at the grocery store, I'll look but not optimistic, so I think I'm going to smoke a couple of chickens tomorrow.

Been checking the internet all week on rubs, cooking temps and time, and brine or not to brine. Think I'm going to keep it relatively simple for my first time tomorrow. Probably go with a store bought rub and no brine. I've got some applewood chips for the bird, which I've read is really better for poultry.

Any advice is appreciated and I'll let everyone knows how it goes tomorrow night. Thanks fir having me.
post #2 of 16

Welcome to the forum Wesley!  Good luck with that chicken!  Apple wood chips should be great.  Just be aware that poultry is a smoke magnet, you may not want to have smoke the entire time.



post #3 of 16
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Thanks Mike! Yeah I've seen on other people's smokers where you can over smoke poultry.

Had to get up at 6AM to get unit seasoned. I might be a little to excited to get started.
post #4 of 16
Welcome from SC, Wesley. It's good to have you on this great site.
post #5 of 16
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Thanks Joe.
post #6 of 16

Welcome to SMF!


Good luck with the chicken!



post #7 of 16
Welcome Wesley, I know what you mean about the excitement. I started smoking a couple years ago and recently bought a pellet smoker and I can't get enough now!

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post #8 of 16
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Seems to be working.
post #9 of 16
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It was very good. Would've liked to get skin more crispy but it was still really good. Need to find a way to get more flavor on veggies though.
post #10 of 16
Looks delicious. It will be difficult to get crispy skin on an MES with max temps to 275. You can always finish off in an over at 375 to crisp up that skin though.
Nice job!
post #11 of 16

Looks great!   points1.png You need high temps to crisp up the skin, I also do high temps for my veggies.  I toss them in olive oil with some basil and salt and pepper.  Grill them over direct coals for about 15 minutes.  Very tasty!



post #12 of 16

texas.gif  Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a rainy  cool day here in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.




post #13 of 16
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Thank you Gary.
post #14 of 16
Welcome like other said if doing chicken in MES I always crisp it up on my grill at high temps quick

Looks like a good first smoke!
post #15 of 16
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I am still eating on the chicken. It even heats up good in microwave. I couldn't have asked for better meat taste. My only small complaint was the skin, and still in weight loss mode, I didn't really eat very much of it anyway.
post #16 of 16

:welcome1:  To SMF glad to have you on board. Camping is one of my best times while smoking.

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