Discussion in 'Poultry' started by gary s, Jun 18, 2016.

  1. Char Siu Chicken (Whole)

    It’s been several weeks since I’ve done any Char Siu. I had a chicken that has been thawing in the fridge, so I thought   “Why Not”.

    (My First Whole Char Siu Chicken)

    Mixed up my Marinade –

    The marinade

    1/2 cup hoisin sauce

    1/4 cup brandy (or rum or bourbon)

    1/4 cup honey

    1/4 cup soy sauce

    2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

    4 tablespoons Sriracha

    2 tablespoons powdered ginger

    2 tablespoons powdered onion

    1 tablespoon powdered garlic

    1/4 tablespoon five spice powder

    1 teaspoon red food coloring

    1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

    Put all ingredients into a sauce pan, stir and warm till everything is completely mixed.

    I used a 2 gallon Zip Lock Bag sitting in a metal bowel (can’t be too careful sure don’t want to clean up a char siu mess). Placed the whole chicken in the bag and poured the marinade in. Squeezed out all the air, closed it up and in the fridge till tonight, so the flavor really has a chance to soak in.

    I use about 2/3rds of the Marinade and save the rest for the finishing glaze.

    NOTE:  To cool down the marinade I added about 10 ice cubes.

    Cooked chicken at 300° for an hour and a half on my grill. (Still limited to what I can do with one hand)

    The Verdict ---- It was good, not great for me. My wife said it was just right.

    It didn’t think the penetration was enough. (8 hours in the marinade) This was the first time doing a whole chicken. Probably overnight or in a vacuum tumbler or canister would be great.  I should have halved the chicken, or leg quarters or thighs would have been better,

    Flavor was great, just not enough of it.

    Trusty Chicken Holder

    Chicken after 8 hours in marinade

    About an hour in

    After 1.5 hours

    Sorry  no plated pics,  doing this one handed

    On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best I would give it a 7
    tropics, bearcarver, bdskelly and 4 others like this.
  2. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks pretty tasty!:drool I haven't read what's up with your other hand?
  3. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like a tasty bird Gary, nice smoke ! Thumbs Up
  4. lovethemeats

    lovethemeats Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That bird looks good. Making me hungry for some.
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks good from here. I have not tried a whole bird but boneless thighs come out great. From my experience, marinade needs a couple days. I tumble 2-3 hours. If you really want through and through, Inject. The Grill Beast Injector has been in my arsenal since November and has more than paid for itself...JJ
  6. lovethemeats

    lovethemeats Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Following what JJ said. I'm a big fan of injecting meats. Have never brined a bird for the smoker. Mine always come out juicy enough. If i want crispy skin then i follow it up in the oven for a few. But I'm not much of a skin person. Other people in my house are. Never had complaints. But then who does when its free.
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    That bird sure looks good Gary!

    Nice job!

  8. Thanks      I had to have bone spurs removed from my thumb joint. Start rehab next week

  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Easily the Best One handed smoker in Texas!![​IMG]

    Looks Great Gary![​IMG]------------[​IMG]

    My Appearance scale says it's a "10".[​IMG]

  10. Thanks Buddy,  I'll be glad when I'm back being a two handed smoker.  Though I may have to have another surgery to fix my pointer finger 

  11. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    REHAB FOR YOUR THUMB AND HAND!?! I shutter to think the " Home " exercises they may suggest you do in a Private setting...[​IMG]...JJ[​IMG]
  12. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Is that a redbird?  point B
  13. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  14. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Gary that sure is pretty,I can see one spinning on my new toy real soon. Thanks for sharing Points 

  15. Oh yeah ----- good eye   

    and thanks

  16. My Therapist  is Female ---  Maybe I can get her to show me

  17. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That bird looks great. I suspect your wife is right and it was perfect.

    I hope your hand goes well!

    Points for a great smoke.

  18. Thank you Disco, It would have been about right for most folks, 

    Usually the way I judge the right amount of heat for me is after a bite or two a bead of sweat pops out on my forehead, nose starts running and eyes tear up   Then it's just Right
  19. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey Gary. 

    I've only done char siu once, but I wasn't happy with the flavor penetration.  I marinated it for about 24 hours, and the flavor was not really noticeable past the first 1/4 inch.  JJ's probably right about using the tumbler, and next time I'll try marinating for 3 days or so.

    [​IMG]  That poor yard bird looks like its blushing, but some time on the grill sure gave it some nice color.  Looks really good.

  20. Thanks Gary Much Appreciated


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