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First Solo Smoke


Joined Nov 10, 2006
I decided to do a chicken this weekend for my turkey test run. This is the first time Ive smoked anything. I am extremely pleased with the turnout. I used an apple cider/salt water brine and let it soak overnight. I want to use apple for my smoke on Thanksgiving, but I used alder for my first run. I smoked a 5 lb free ranger fryer. Started the fire at about 10am, had the bird on at about 11am. Pulled the bird off at 4pm. It turned out better than I could have imagined. I shared my spoils with a couple friends and the family. Everyone was impressed. Only thing I was concerned about was the fact that it didnt seem to get as hot as I wanted it to. Need to work on the technique a bit. I used the Minion method for my heat. Here is a pic of the final product. Thanks again to everyone thats given their advice freely, I appreciate it.


Master of the Pit
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Joined Jul 9, 2005
I think you are there with that chicken. It looks great! Keep us posted (with pix) and good luck with your turkey and future smokes.


SMF Events Planning Committee
Joined Apr 17, 2006
That is one fine looking bird John-boy. Congrats on your first solo.


Smoking Guru
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Joined Jul 7, 2005
Good looking bird, John. If you tuck the wings down behind the back, they won't turn quite so dark.

up in smoke

Smoking Fanatic
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Joined Jul 12, 2006
Thatâ€[emoji]8482[/emoji]s a fine lookin clucker ya got there! Dibs on the wishbone!
For brining containers go to your local Dunkin Donuts or Mr. Donut and ask them for frosting containers and lids. They commonly sell for about $2.00 and are food quality, and they will hold a 20 lb. bird!

p.s. they have smaller ones too.


Fire Starter
Joined Oct 14, 2006
Nice looking bird John-boy! If you want frosting buckets w/lids, you can try a grocery store that decorates cakes in their bakeshop, theyll give those away free!

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