Injected some thighs

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by hardcookin, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Weather has been to hot & humid lately for long smokes.
    So I decided to do a little experimenting injecting chicken thighs.




    Note the finish cook temp on the pack.


    I decided to inject the thighs with these 2 injections.

    A finished pic of the thighs in a pan. No sauce at all on them, only injected.



    The verdict was my wife liked the teriyaki fusion, and I liked the creole butter.

    All the thighs was very juicy and had good flavor. The thighs skin was a little rubbery.


    Would be interested to hearing what you inject your thighs with.

    Thanks for looking!
     
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2016
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  2. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I love creole butter but can't usually find it around here except for around Thanksgiving. So I mix up a quarter cup of salt and a tablespoon each of onion powder and garlic powder in a quart of water and inject that. Seasons the meat and gives a flavor pop without making it overly salty or complicated. Also serves as a brine, making the meat stay juicy even when cooked as high as 180°.
     
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    The thighs look incredible, Doug!

    You know me I like my Creole butter.

    Al
     
  4. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They look great.
     
  5. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    I'm sure the injection was tasty, I'd like to try the teriyaki, I've injected whole birds with the regular butter.   Hey if you want better skin just grill them from a distance, If you do they'll turn out closer to this.  You need some direct heat to render the skin and it will crisp.

     
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  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  7. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Al & boatbum thank you!
    Al I figured you would go with the creole butter...good stuff.


    Adam thanks so much!

    Dave looks like some good reading thanks!

    What - IT chicken temp do you start grilling to crisp?
    Thanks!
     
  8. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    It's not the temp so much as the benefit of direct heat or Infra Red heat.

    If I cook chicken parts in say an electric smoker or cabinet smoker (indirect) the skin won't be near as rendered as if I cooked them in something like a grill with infra red burners,  Charcoal UDS with no diffuser,  directly over a fire or even something like a gas powered Big Easy.   Direct heat/infra red will always produce better tasting edible poultry skin.        Internal temp on stuff like thighs you could let it go past 200* and be plenty juicy.

    This was all cooked over a fire, part on a rotisserie and part on the cook grate but it all got the benefit of infra red energy coming off of a fire.

     
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  9. sauced

    sauced Master of the Pit

    Great looking chicken!! I too luv to inject the chicken.
     
  10. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Thank you!
     
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great little ok ing chicken parts!

    Points!
     
  12. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Md, you can make your your own Creole butter! Thanks to good ol Scarbelly there just happens to be a recipe here!

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/123175/creole-butter-recipe
     
  13. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    OH that reminds me I started making my own butter injection using real butter and a rub like spog or a spicier version, then added in some spiced rum...yummy
     
  14. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking chicken! I need to get a chicken to spin with the shun butter I bought awhile back.
     
  15. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Thank you dirtsailor...thanks for the points.

    Thank you!

    I'm going to keep experimenting with injecting chicken,heck chicken is cheap.
     
  16. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks tasty, nice cook ! Thumbs Up
     
  17. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Thank you!
     

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