My 2nd Smoke....Chicken Leg Quarters with PICS!

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by dprice, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. Great community and tons of great info here on the SMF!  Of course I will head over to roll call and properly introduce myself shortly.

    In the meantime, I thought I would share pics from last night, my second smoke ever.  I am new to meat smoking but have been grilling for 20+ years.  It all started when a coworker of mine brought in some ribs to work for me to "taste and try".  When he told me that he had zero cooking experience and that he had cooked them in a smoker, my jaw literally dropped!   I couldn't believe the taste and flavor so I immediately went to Lowes to pickup the MF double door gas smoker!!   And here it is, I always thought that I would have to pay someone for "good BBQ".   Not any longer!!   Look forward to learning and sharing with everyone!

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    Chicken brined for 24 hours in brine solution.

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    Rinsed and towel dried

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    Generous amount of homemade rub applied on top and underneath skin

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    Ready to send them to the smoker!

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    Smoked at about 250 for 3.5 hours in apple wood.

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    Notice the temperature setting on my MF.  Over 100 degrees off!!!!

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    Final product!  Bursting with juices and flavor.  I spritz apple juice over the course of the smoke.  The skin wasn't as crispy as I would have liked them.  Just read somewhere on this forum to throw them on the grill to finish it off.  I will definately do that next time!

    I have two slabs of ribs marinating in my rub and will try to get them smoked today or tomorrow using the 2-2-1.  I definately want to have a good coat of bark on the ribs so I imagine that I must still put them on the grill to "char it up"??

    I am still learning and welcome comments.  Thanks for looking,

    dp
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2012
  2. Wow!  That really looks good.  Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF. Glad to have you here and what an awesome second smoke  
     
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice job on the Quarters, and Welcome to the SMF Family...JJ
     
  5. tdwester

    tdwester Fire Starter

    Looking good!
     
  6. smokinal

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

    Great job & welcome to SMF!
     
  7. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    looks tasty from here! great smoke and glad to have you on the forum[​IMG]
     
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    First off welcome to SMF there Dp. Now if it wasn't for the brand new smoker I would have thought you were an ole smoker from way back just showing off. You'll really like this place for there are a bunch of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. Then if you have any questions you just post them here or yu can try in chat for a faster answer. If you are really new to all of this I would recommend that you look up and take the e-course. It is free and it will also give you the basics on smoking. So with all that said now go and get something to smoke.

    Welcome To Your New Addiction
     
  9. harleysmoker

    harleysmoker Smoking Fanatic

    Looks good!
     
  10. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  Very nice job for a second smoke. I can't say my second looked as good as yours
     
  11. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yummy
     
  12. harleysmoker

    harleysmoker Smoking Fanatic

    I just bought my MF a couple of months ago and noticed yours is different. My handles are close to the middle of the top door, the chimney is pointed, and no shelf on the side. Maybe mine is an older model or something.

    I was just wondering if they put a needle valve on yours and if they made any changes to the water pan or wood chip pan, and the price. Could you take a few pictures of the pans in lower half?
     
  13. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Chicken looks super good!

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  14. Looks like you're off to a good start. Spritzing with apple juice will make the skin soggy. I've pretty much stopped doing that on all meats, especially poultry. I have had good luck with an occasional butter baste and even butter flavored cooking spray for crispier skin.
     
  15. Looks like you're off to a good start. Spritzing with apple juice will make the skin soggy. I've pretty much stopped doing that on all meats, especially poultry. I have had good luck with an occasional butter baste and even butter flavored cooking spray for crispier skin.
     
  16. Hi HarleySmoker,

    I picked this up from Lowes just a couple weeks ago and paid $159.  From reading the posts around here, the water pan looks to be the same since it is entirely too big and appears to choke the hot air from rising.  It takes FOREVER to get the temperature to climb in the top chamber using just the propane burner and wood chips.  What I have been doing lately is using a pan full  of wood chunks (with an occasional coal or two) to help steady and raise the temperature in.  Where is the needle valve located?  With the hose/regulator?  I will snap some pics of the wood chip pan and water pan for you this evening.

    dp
     
  17. jakethesnake--Thanks! I figured this out the hard way.  Did a batch of turkey legs on the fly last night and couldn't figure out why my skin is soggy despite putting them in the oven to 400 in an attempt to crisp them up.  I will leave the apple juice spritz to the ribs only.  dp
     
  18. Welcome to SMF and your new addiction! The chicken looks like it was done by a pro...great job!
     
  19. @harleysmoker, I think the smoker dprice has is the Master Forge that can use either LP or charcoal.  I believe they make two models, one of which is only LP (I have that unit) and the one like dprice has.

    This is the model I believe dprice has:

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_156452-9539...=/pl__0__s?Ntt=master+forge+smoker&facetInfo=

    This is the LP only model.

    http://www.lowes.com/webapp/wcs/sto...e Door Propane Gas Smoker&CAWELAID=1024192348

    Looks like Lowe's has dropped the price on the LP only model... which makes me believe your statement about it being (or soon to be) outdated might be dead spot on.

    -Salt
     
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012
  20. psycho dad

    psycho dad Smoke Blower

    Looks great, I'll be trying my first leg quarters this weekend.

    Welcome!
     

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