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My First Time Smoking Ever with Q-view

post #1 of 13
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Well, i picked up the smoker friday night and seasoned it saturday. Never used a smoker before. Did alot of research on this forum for the past month. Alot of good info here.

I decided to do a beer can chicken. Picked up a 7lb. Took a few chugs of beer and shoved it in the bird. Got the smoker up to just a hair under 300 degrees and kept it there the whole time. I used a mix of apple and hickory chunks. Put the digital probe in it about an hour into the smoke. Took it up to 175 internal just to be sure. Whole smoke took 3 hours fifteen minutes. Also threw some beans on for about a half hour at the end.

Had some family over and they loved it. Turned out great i think. Was really juicy. The skin had an awesome smoke flavor to it. I sprayed it every hour with a lemon herb mix. I just unwrapped the bird and threw it in the smoker, no injections or marinating before hand.

I think the smoke was pretty good, a light bluish. Was pretty heavy and white for the first half hour then got nice and thin for the rest of the smoke. I think i am addicted. Already planning what to do next weekend lol.

And for the pics:

post #2 of 13
thats how it starts, icon_smile.gif

typically I am counting down the days until the ads come out on wednesday to tell me what meat is on sale, then the rest of the weeks is spent deciding what I am going to do.

chicken looks really good btw. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #3 of 13
Great looking bird PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #4 of 13
Sweet! That sure as heck looks better than MY first smoke PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif

Good job on that chicken.
post #5 of 13
Great job on your chicken! Love the color. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #6 of 13
Good looking yardbird ya got there! Where did you get that smoker?
post #7 of 13
Hes hooked...I could tell he was excited (As he should be, thats one hellofa good lookin chikin) as I was reading his post, Looks to be a great first smoke......Where did you get the cooker??? I have never seen one like that
post #8 of 13
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I got the smoker at Gander Mountain.

They had 'em on sale for $129. It's the propane version. Worked really well at keeping the temp constant. I monitored it closely for the first half hour messing with the fire and venting until it stabilized. Then i didn't touch the fire or venting for the rest of the cook and it stayed right at 300 the whole time.
post #9 of 13
The coloring on that chicken is FANTASTIC... points.gif

Next try a rub inside and out to enhance flavor or brining the chicken. I have had some great results with brining poultry.
post #10 of 13
Very nice first smoke, you are hooked!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #11 of 13
great first smoke !
post #12 of 13
That looks great. 100% better than my first smoke!
post #13 of 13
Congrats on your first and a successful first run at that.

points.giffor sure
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