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First attempt at yard bird


Joined Aug 21, 2020
This was my first attempt at trying chicken on my MES 40

The skin is not as crisp as I'd like it to be. I dried them overnight in the ref. I put some corn starch in my rub when I seasoned this morning

Smoked using hickory chips and pellets

1 hour at 225 (first 30 minutes door was ajar to allow skin to dry out more) then bumped to 250 for 30 minutes

After 30 minutes at 250 I bumped to 275 until internal was 160 in the breast.

Total cook time was 2 hours and 17 minutes.
Although the skin is not the crispiest, it's not like leather either. The meat of the chicken is pretty amazing though.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated


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Hey, better than my first attempt I dried the hell out of mine.
If you are looking for crispy skin you're gonna have to smoke then at 225-250 for the first hour to 45 minutes then bump it up too 325-350 to finish them off. Or you can smoke them at 225-250* then put them under the broiler to finish/ crisp them up.


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They sure look good, but you need to crisp the skin up on a hot grill or in your oven. Take them out of the smoker at around 145-150, then finish on the grill.


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Joined Sep 7, 2015
250 will not get you crispy skin. You need to finish at 325 to 350 to get crispy skin.


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I love smoked chicken. Looks great!

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