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Cured & Smoked Chicken Breasts

thirdeye

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I've been making these twice a month so we have smoked chicken for snacks, regular salads, and a weekly Cobb salad (which is on the menu tonight). They keep well for 6 or 7 days, then we have a week without, then it's time to smoke another batch. This time I smoked a couple extra and will try vacuum sealing them, which I have not done yet for some reason.

I trim the fat and loose tags, then into a bag covered with Pop's Brine + black pepper for 24 to 30 hours. Next is a cold smoke for 90 minutes in my Big Chief with the top lid vented so the smoker temp is 85°, followed by one hour with the lid on (pit temp of 160°). At this point they can either go into my Big Green Egg or a convection oven until the internal just passes 160° in the thickest part. The thinner ends are usually 170°, but the brine works as a buffer to keep the meat moist even when over-shooting the internal.

Hangin' in the Big Chief
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Rigged up on my jerky/kabob set-up for part 2 of the cook.
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The finished breasts..... one stubborn breast was still in the Egg.
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pc farmer

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Looks great.
 

chilerelleno

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Man oh man, I can just about taste those.
Looks really nice.
Can I get some slices on toasted and buttered sourdough
 

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This, I have to try.
So tired of crappy commercial deli chicken sandwich meat.
24-30 hours is enough for a full cure?
 

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They look fantastic!
Nice work!
Al
 

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