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Whole Chickens w/Qview

post #1 of 21
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This is going to be a long post bear with me. I began by making up a brine the recipe given to me by Travcoman. I used a clean 5 gal. bucket with lid. Since doing 4 chickens I did a double batch. Heres the Brine recipe
1 1/2 gal. Water
1/2 cup Kosher Salt
1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
2 Tsp Garlic Powder
2 Tsp Onion Powder
2 Tsp Celery Salt
1 Tsp Cajun Spice
I then washed the chickens and cleaned the insides out well then sank them into the brine. I used a brick that I vacuum sealed in a bag to hold it all down and placed it in the refrigerator overnight. When I got ready to start my smoke I got the bucket out and took the chickens out and rinsed them off very well. Then placed them aside to dry a bit.

While they were drying a little I went out and fired up the smoker. I used apple chips and smoked at 350* I then went back in and rubbed the chickens with some lemon pepper seasoning and some paprika.

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post #2 of 21
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Then into the smoker they went

I did not spritz or mop at all. Toward the end of the smoke I did open the door and snap this pic

It took about 2 1/2- 3 hours for them to reach 167* internal. When they reached internal temps they were removed from the smoker and foiled. I allowed about a 15 minute rest. Heres a pic of a couple coming out of the foil

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post #3 of 21
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After the short rest I sliced up two for dinner and here they are

After we ate I sliced the other two for lunches and freezing for Smoked Chicken Cesar Salads

Personally I like the higher temps the skin seems to crisp up better and is edible. Thanks for viewing and happy smoking.
post #4 of 21
birds look great.
post #5 of 21
Good lookin' birds

Basically doing the same ... cept I 1/2ed my biirds.
Points to ya.
post #6 of 21
Looks good. I'll have to try it SOON.
post #7 of 21
pretty as a picture. Dancing chicks. nice job.
post #8 of 21
Wow - Looks Great!
post #9 of 21
Good looking yard birds.
post #10 of 21
If it tasted as good as it looked, you had great grub Piney!
post #11 of 21
Instant Drool! Good lookin birds Jerry, and great pics!
post #12 of 21
They look wonderful Piney!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #13 of 21
Nice birds Jerry icon_smile.gif. I do all my poultry north of 300 now. I love those leftovers for sandwiches, nice smoky aroma when you open up the lunch bag PDT_Armataz_01_29.gif.
post #14 of 21
Nice Jerry. Great QVIEW. THANKS!!
post #15 of 21
You eat too much.

Oh, wait a minute. I do too PDT_Armataz_01_04.gif
post #16 of 21
Good job. Haven't done whole birds yet..........yet that is.
post #17 of 21
Nice post and pix...as expected from a Knight ;{) POINTS!
post #18 of 21
Looks great Jerry. Can I have some?
post #19 of 21
Looks excellent! I've been wanting to try the higher temps!
post #20 of 21
Looks good brother PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif Great q-view also PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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