I've been waitin all week for the chance to use the Yoshidas Ron traded with me for. I was going to do the chicken thighs just like Ron does with the TQ but I had it in my mind to only cure them a couple of hours. After re-reading the post I realized he usually cures for 6 to 8 hours and I just didn't have time soooooo........ I marinaded them in the Yoshidas for a couple of hours before wrapping them in bacon, sprinkling with lemon pepper and smoking gently in apple wood for a few hours.
I also cleaned out some of the Chilis I got in the mail from Ron. Mine were medium hot so I cleaned them out really well making sure to get all the seeds and veins out. I don't like them scorching hot.
I wanted to show this picture even though it is blurry to make a point of the temp difference in the MES. I didn't open the door except to put the ABTs in about an hour after I put the chicken in. This is what the chicken looked like coming out of the smoker. Amazing how concentrated that heat is in the corner. I forgot to put my little baffle in to see what a difference it would make. I guess I now have something to compare to. This will be the without baffle picture.
After I pulled them out of the smoker I slapped them on the hot grill for a few minutes to crisp up the skin and the bacon. Wish I had thought to put some more Yoshidas on before they hit the grill.
Off the grill and plated up for consumption. This was honestly some of the best chicken I've smoked. Red and my daughter loved it. I ate way too much.
Red cut up some of the chilis she roasted yesterday and made up a big mess of fresh salsa. It turned out awesome.
I carefully cleaned out about a dozen of the chilis and stuffed them with a mix of cream cheese, sausage and a number of cheeses I needed to use up out of the fridge. Swiss... sharp cheddar, and italian mix.
I also stuffed a few jalapenos and some banana peppers. I did some with just cheese and the rest with the sausage mix. These are the chilis I got from Ron.. they were really shweeeeeeet! Just a tad of bite and just the way I like them. Perfect heat for me.
Here are the jalapenos and the banana peppers all finished up. Really good stuff. If you haven't experimented with other peppers with the filling you should. Lots of great flavors out there.
Finished it off with a homemade blueberry lemon cake. Good lord. I am stuffed. One more thank you to Ron. Couldn't eat anything tonight other than the cake that Ron didn't have somethin to do with.
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