LANG MEETS BBQ GURU FOR CHICKEN THIGHS

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Since I decided to keep my smokers & BBQ Guru. I just had to try the Guru on the Lang.

I didn't want to drill any holes in the firebox, so I had an old pot that we seldom use & it fit right over one of the dampers.

I secured it with a threaded rod that I bent, so it would hook the inside of the firebox. 

Then drilled the hole for the Guru adapter in the bottom of the pot.

Here's what it looked like.






Next thing is to get the thighs ready.

We like boneless skinless thighs.


I injected them with Creole butter.


Then dusted them with Montreal Chicken seasoning.


Coated them well & put them into a vac bag.


Vacuumed them up & into the fridge for a few hours.


I like to smoke these in a pan with some chicken broth.


Nice fit.


Next a little more MCS on top.


To start the fire this time I used about 1/2 chimney of lit charcoal for the coal bed.

Then I added 2 splits & let the temp come up.


I wanted to bring it up to around 250, I have the damper open & the guru set for 250.


Were going to put some potato's in there too, but wrapped in foil.


Potato's are ready to go in. The chicken has been in. When I put the chicken in I added 1 more split & set the Guru for 225.


At the 2 hour mark the temp is holding nicely at 225.


I have a perfect spot for her, and if it rains she will fit under the canopy.


3 hours in & the chicken is at 156, I looked in the firebox & the coal bed was pretty small.

So I added one more small split.


The Guru never varied more than 3 degrees and even when I added the last split there was no temp spike.


Still holding nicely.


Thighs and taters are done.


Here's dinner. You would think that smoking these in a pan with broth would limit the smoke flavor.

But it doesn't, I think the broth picks up lot of smoke & transfers it to the meat.


Anyhow they don't get much juicier than this.


The Guru performed very well, just as it did on my WSM's.

The thing that really amazed me was the little amount of fuel I used.

It took about 4 hours at 225 to cook the thighs.

I started with 3 splits & only added 1 more at the 3 hour mark.

Sunday I'm going to try some babybacks & beans & run the Lang at 250 with the Guru.

I'm very interested how the fuel consumption will compare to running it at 225.

Anyhow, thank you all for looking!

Al
 

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Dang it Al that looks great!! Nice job,,, I could do a plate or two of that!!! 
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Another awesome cook AL with good detail.
Very point worthy Thumbs Up
You got a very nice setup there!!
 
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Dang it Al that looks great!! Nice job,,, I could do a plate or two of that!!! 
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Another awesome cook AL with good detail.
Very point worthy
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You got a very nice setup there!!
Thanks a lot fellas!

I appreciate it very much!

Al
 

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Looks Great Al !!
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Great idea going with the pot to save drilling your box!!
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When you smoke something in liquid, you only get smoke on the part that's sticking out of the liquid, right???

Correct me if I'm wrong, because that's why I never tried that.

Thanks Al,

Bear

On Edit: Never mind---I missed that one caption.
 
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Priceless education following your posts, that looks amazing!
Thank you so much!

Al
 
Looks Great Al !!
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Great idea going with the pot to save drilling your box!!
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When you smoke something in liquid, you only get smoke on the part that's sticking out of the liquid, right???

Correct me if I'm wrong, because that's why I never tried that.

Thanks Al,

Bear

On Edit: Never mind---I missed that one caption.
Thanks a lot Bear!

I actually took 5 of the thighs & made chicken salad with them & took them with us over to Judy's brothers place.

He didn't like it because he said it was too smokey.

I am beginning to think that the liquid actually makes the meat more smokey.

One thing is for sure, it makes it really juicy.

Try it one time just as a test and see what you think.

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Looks great,and you even got some more storage space getting that pot out of the way!
 

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Thank you so much!

Al

Thanks a lot Bear!

I actually took 5 of the thighs & made chicken salad with them & took them with us over to Judy's brothers place.

He didn't like it because he said it was too smokey.

I am beginning to think that the liquid actually makes the meat more smokey.

One thing is for sure, it makes it really juicy.

Try it one time just as a test and see what you think.

Al
Thanks for the Reply, Al !!

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Cool setup, Al! I'm going to have to look into these guru thingamajigs. I have a round firebox, so a little headscratching would be involved...
Point for ingenuity and a tasty looking plate (We've been hooked on Italian G. Beans lately).
Dan
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Handy Man Al Nice job!! 

I have been cooking with a pan,but I use a small rack under the meat.Still allows liquid and full smoke around the meat.I know chicken takes on a lot of smoke.Glad to see you were able to keep all the smokers.Points

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Cool setup, Al! I'm going to have to look into these guru thingamajigs. I have a round firebox, so a little headscratching would be involved...
Point for ingenuity and a tasty looking plate (We've been hooked on Italian G. Beans lately).
Dan
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Awesome smoke Al ! Pretty clever thinkin on the guru setup !
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Nice thighs brother! LOL b
 
Handy Man Al Nice job!! 

I have been cooking with a pan,but I use a small rack under the meat.Still allows liquid and full smoke around the meat.I know chicken takes on a lot of smoke.Glad to see you were able to keep all the smokers.Points

Richie

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Thanks Dan, Justin, Brian, & Richie!

I appreciate the kind words!

Al
 

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Nice looking thighs Al.
I have been looking at that Guru but I can't get past the price so I am going to pull the trigger on the Pitmaster IQ 130 on the 28th for $269.00. I would have already ordered one but they are sold out everywhere until July 28th.
Randy,
 

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Nice looking thighs Al.
I have been looking at that Guru but I can't get past the price so I am going to pull the trigger on the Pitmaster IQ 130 on the 28th for $269.00. I would have already ordered one but they are sold out everywhere until July 28th.
Randy,
Thanks a lot Randy!

Whatever you get they sure make life easy.

All night smokes on my WSM was as good as it gets.

Al
 

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