Catering this weekend Chicken question

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by kingofbother, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. I have to make chicken for 20 people. I was planing on brining, rubbing, and smoking half chickens. I was wondering if there would be an advantage to smoking whole chickens instead. I figure that the halves would take less time. Any comments or suggestions? Thanks.

    KOB
     
  2. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    KOB, if you have the room, chicken halves would be the way to go. It mean less handling by you. If space is a concern, then do them whole and use a good set of kitchen shears to split the breast bone and back bone. When I cut chickens for serving, most times I cut the chicken into quarters (thigh/leg and breast/wing). For kids and older adult that don't want that much chicken, I'll then seperate the leg from the thigh and the wing from the breast.
     
  3. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ezzzactly!^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Dutch has said it perfectly. The only thing I can add is get a good pair of food grade cutting shears to cut the birds into halves either before you smoke or after~ depending on the method you choose. They are one of the best kitchen tools you can own.

    Good luck to you! [​IMG]
     
  4. I do have a nice pair of Cutco kitchen scissors. They can cut a penny in half.

    I appreciate your input. Thanks

    KOB

    kingofbother.blogspot.com
     
  5. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Remember-We want pictures!! [​IMG] Let us know how it all turns out.
     
  6. bbrock

    bbrock Meat Mopper

    Good luck on your smoke...Myself I have never tried to smoke chicken..
     
  7. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

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