My first birds...

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bestee, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. bestee

    bestee Fire Starter

    Did my first chickens over the weekend. Took about 3 hours at 225. They did not last too long. Although I had to throw the thighs back on the grill afterwards, cuz they were a touch shy of being done. Breast couldn't have come out any nicer. I used Jeffs rub, and was very happy. Smoked with Cherry, and it worked real well. Next time I may halve the chickens to see if I get get a more even cook.
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  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Try smokin' till internal temp hits 170*, instead of just going by time. SMOKED CHICKS IS THE BOMB!
     
  3. bestee

    bestee Fire Starter

    I pulled em at 165....next time will leave em longer.
     
  4. kew_el_steve

    kew_el_steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Ideas for next time: probe in the thigh instead of the breast, brining, spatchcock.
     
  5. bigarm's smokin

    bigarm's smokin Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree, temp probe should go in the thickest part of the thigh. [​IMG]
     
  6. bestee

    bestee Fire Starter

    Thanks, will def. do that...I had previously read to measure in breast. I brined overnight, that was great.
    But I gotta ask...what in the world is spatchcock?
     
  7. johnd49455

    johnd49455 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Another idea for doing chickens is to smoke them setting on a beer can. I did a couple a few weeks ago & they seemed to be done very evenly.[​IMG]
     
  8. kew_el_steve

    kew_el_steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    There's a great link to a how-to YouTube video around here somewhere. Basically what spatchcock is: take some poultry shears and cut down either side of the backbone, cutting it completely out. Take the bird and flatten it out. Do a search. You can take it a little further by cutting out the keel bone and making yardbird in to two halves too.
     
  9. kew_el_steve

    kew_el_steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

  10. msmith

    msmith Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good looking birds.
     
  11. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Nice chickens Bestee! Chickens are amazing brined and smoked! There good just smoked too but do up a brine and add your favorite spices and mand them birds will be doing the chicken dance!
     
  12. bestee

    bestee Fire Starter

    Thanks Steve...was always wondering how they split em in the shops...whill do that next time and measure the thigh.
    This site is so helpful...I love it!
     

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