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Chicken skin tips anyone?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by Smokin Matt, Aug 14, 2019 at 6:53 PM.

  1. Smokin Matt

    Smokin Matt Newbie

    So I’m a newbie when it comes to smoking, I usually do individual pork ribs and chicken drumsticks together, I cook at 250 degrees for 2 and a half hours the meat comes out perfect! But my chicken skin is chewy. Anyone have any solutions or ways to fix it?

    5GRILLZNTN Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    After smoking, put the chicken on a hot grill, or underneath the oven broiler to firm up the skin.
  3. Try marinading your chicken in buttermilk. Its a timless southern thing for tender, moist chicken with crispy skin.

    Buttermilk is acidic so don't over do it or you'll have mush. I do whole chickens overnight in the fridge. You might want to try less time for drumsticks or parts. Rinse, pat dry and do whatever else you do, rub etc. before cooking.
  4. Jabiru

    Jabiru Meat Mopper

    I pat mine dry with paper towel, then pop salt on them and leave in fridge uncovered for a few hours or even overnight.

    I also run a bit hotter with Chicken than other meats, 275-325F depending on how quick I want it done.
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  5. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hi there and welcome!

    The issue is that chicken skin always comes out leathery/rubbery unless cooked at a high enough temperature. If you cook/smoke your chicken at 325F temperature you should have edible skin and likely crispy skin. You probably want to stay 315F or higher.

    Now another solution is to smoke your chicken very low for a good while and when the breast hits an internal temp (IT) of like 135F or so throw it on a screaming hot grill skin side down and finish cooking it. This would get the skin whipped into shape BUT you can't do this if the chicken IT is too high already or you will overcook your chicken. Experiment with this until you get good chicken skin and remember that chicken is cheap and taste good :)
  6. I do my whole chickens 24+ hours, if doing legs, thighs, breasts a few hours 3-4 should be good. i agree with 5grillztn
  7. schlotz

    schlotz Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Getting crisp skin is a common discussion. Many approaches and the results are personal preference. In the end was never satisfied so I changed my approach. See the recipe in the sig below.
  8. Smokin Matt

    Smokin Matt Newbie

    Thanks guys!
  9. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Skin is all fat and collagen. To get thin, bite through skin you gotta melt it down. Unfortunately, the muscle will get to eatability WAY before the skin at low temps. If you can bump the temp up like stated above, say 325F, the skin and meat finish about the same time.