gonna do some leg quarters, what temp if i want to pull them?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by jerseydrew, May 31, 2013.

  1. jerseydrew

    jerseydrew Smoking Fanatic

    i usually do chicken at 275 for about an hour to an hour and a half (IT of 165) but if i want to pull the chicken do i take it higher?
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Jdrew , hello. In my honest opinion ,they would be about right at that temp., however taking them to 170*ish... would not hurt. Thighs stay juicy well, if worried, wrap with Bacon and Cook as usual.[​IMG]

    What you using on them[​IMG]. I usually do skinless , but when there's a bunch of Fat enthusiast like my Son and the Grand Kids ... I remove it from the Thigh and crisp on the Grill , then add to the pulled Bird. Great flavor ,but Trish and Mandy are so....Ooh [​IMG]  about it, I make some to make them happy...[​IMG]   [​IMG]  .

    Reason I ask is , I have found this great Sauce at Wally World and when you mix some with your favorite BBQ Sauce , is a great taste.

    I was hungry and had very little Q Sauce...saw this in the Fridge and thought [​IMG]  MIX it [​IMG]

    And the taste Blew My Face Buds...[​IMG]  If you like balsamic Vinegar, you'll love this .. could most likely Marinade in this Sauce.

    Just thought of it when I read this thread,,, Have fun and . . .
    Last edited: May 31, 2013
  3. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Since they are quarters and you'll be pulling them I'd go to desired temp and cut through the leg/thigh joint to just make sure they are done enuf for what u want. Watched a Pitmasters episode last night with pulled chicken as one of the items. One guy said he pulled it at 165 but the stuff he turned in was pretty rare/raw and it cost him.
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    For pulling I like to take them to 180*-185*. Still super moist and that fat breaks down more. Don't scrape the fat or remove the skin until you are ready to pull. Like pulled pork I wrap the thighs and let them rest a good 45 minutes + prior to pulling. I typically run the smoker around 250*-265* and have never been disappointed with the results.
  5. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Anywhere between 170 and 180 is good!  Too much higher and you risk dry meat and there ain't nothin worse than dry chicken!!!  It doesn't have a lot of flavor but what you add anyway, and if you dry it out....well, just don't.  LOL

    Good luck and let us know how they turn out.

  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great Info!...Connective Tissue is Connective Tissue! Whether that be Beef, Pork or Poultry. It starts breaking down around 180*F, the only difference is the amount of Time needed to complete the job. With Poultry, the bulk of CT holds the muscle to the Bone and because birds are small the CT breaks down quickly. The time it takes to go from 180 to 185*F give or take. Big hunks of Beef and Pig, it is the hours, plus Rest, to go from 180 to 205*F...JJ[​IMG]
  7. jerseydrew

    jerseydrew Smoking Fanatic

    thanks for all the great info i will certainly play with it. i use a simple brine for about an hour before putting it on. my normal method is from package rinse and into brine for an hour. then onto the smoker at 275 till done (usually hour to an hour and a half) then usually pop in the broiler for a few minutes to crisp up the skin. i have had good results with apple wood or pecan wood. 

    sometimes i like to use this sauce called yoshidas (it's salts but good)


    1 gallon water

    3/4 cup kosher salt

    2/3 cup sugar

    3/4 cup soy sauce

    1/4 cup olive oil

    1/4 cup worchestershire sauce

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