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Greetings From a Newbie in Southern Illinois...

bigheadz

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Good day all.  I have been lurking and reading this forum for the last several months.  What a great community and an invaluable information source.  I am totally new to smoking.  I just got the smoker put together I got for christmas and tried out some chicken this weekend.  All and all it turned out good with only a few learning points.  The equipment I use is as follows - Grill Pro Propane

Smoker, Weber Charcoal Kettle Grill,  Charbroil Propane Grill.



Chicken Legs that were Brined in the Slaughter House Brine for 4 hours.  Then seasoned 4 different ways for 24 hours, including 1 bag in Italian dressing.  1 bag in McCormicks Poultry Rub, 1 bag  Uncle Joes Rub (local) and 1 Season Salt



The begining of the smoke.  I used Apple Wood Chips and tried to maintain a 300 degree temperature



I almost forgot with about an hour left of the smoke I thru on some Brats that had soaked in a Pale Ale for 4 hours and some garlic portabella mushrooms





The completed mushrooms - really didn't have much of a smoky flavor to them.  I think I would have been better off putting them earlier when the smoke was really rolling, before it died down a little - Good Stuff though!



The brats were the same way, they didn't pick up much of the smoky flavor I was looking for and could have stood to stay on a little longer or be placed a little lower in the Smoker to give them a little more crisp snap.  The full flavor pale ale really came thru though - this was a cold 4 hour soak - no boiling here!



The chicken ready to come off the smoker.  Total time 2:40 minitues.  As you notice I have it probed in one of the bigger pieces towards the top of the smoker.  I have read the chicken is done between 167-180 degrees.  I was wanting to make sure these were done as it was my first attempt at this, once it reached 174 degrees I decided to pull them out as the time was getting longer than I had anticipated.  When I done this I also probed a piece towards the bottom of the smoker and it hit at 187 degrees.  It was a little more rubbery and not as tender as I would have liked but all and all pretty good, and a nice flavor.  I guess my favorite would have had to have been the one with the "Uncle Joes" rub on it.



Plated up with some garlic mashed potatoes on the side!

 

SmokinAl

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Looks good!
 

sqwib

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Great first smoke.

Very impressed with the q-view... and on your 2nd post!!!

Very impressive.
 

richoso1

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Welcome to the SMF, and congrats on a good smoke. It's all good my friend.
 

les3176

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Welcome to smf glad to have ya! Looks like you are off to a great start,keep it all coming!!!
 

grillinfool

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Very well done.  I have the same prob thermometer with remote.  I'm also from Southern Illinois, although I live in St. Louis now...
 

meateater

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Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. 
 

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