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(HELP) Strong Smoke Taste On Chicken Wings

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by RRR, Jan 10, 2019.

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    Need A Little Advice... Maybe A Lot...
    I tried to make Honey Barbecue Smoked Chicken Wings. They turned out BAD the smoke flavor was so strong you could not eat them. Trashed them!
    I could use recommendations on what you think I did wrong. To much wood not enough charcoal, any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Marinate Time: 4 hours
    Cook Time: 1 hour
    Smoker Temp: 250°F
    Meat Finish Temp: 165-170°F
    Recommended Wood: Hickory or Mesquite
    I used Mesquite and Paper tree.

    Wing Rub Ingredients
    1/4 cup light brown sugar
    2 tablespoons paprika
    1 teaspoons Kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  2. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I suspect too much wood. Mesquite is pretty strong. As for paper tree, is this called tipole or something like that in the Philippines? Had to look it up as I am not familiar with it. Could not find any site recommending it for smoking food. I would try one wood or the other. You could check with a university botanist and see if there is anything especially noxious or toxic about the paper tree wood when burned.
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  3. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    keep vents WIDE OPEN during cooking. Corn cobs make a great smoke, a little goes a long way. Give them only an hour of smoke., then cook till done.
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  4. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Again, mesquite is very strong.
    Should be used only when you can get it to smoke cleanly, thin blue smoke.
    And for some meats, perfect example is chicken, it should be used lightly.

    I know what a paperbark tree looks like, that is the limit of my knowledge.
    Smoking with is uncharted territory.
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    Enough Red Horse will cover up a bad BBQ.

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  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Try getting other Hard Wood. Fruit or Nuts tree woods are mild. I understand Mango and Jackfruit wood works and soaked Coconut Husk is good. Papaya is not. Mango wood smoke can be a skin irritant unless the wood is thoroughly sundried. Growers tend to use a lot of pesticide as it is susceptible to several insects. I would avoid it unless you trust the source...JJ
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  7. 374D5739-7762-42A7-9FFA-9FAB6F36DA02.jpeg Enough Red Horse and you’ll eat anything!