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My first ever attempt at smoking - qview

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by 63falconht, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. 63falconht

    63falconht Fire Starter

    Seems the common theme is "it didn't happen without qview"

    It happened!

    On my first attempt smoking I selected two 4.5 - 5.0 lb chickens.

    Brine consisted of: Sea Salt - Water - Apple Juice - fresh lime juice - 2 onions, 1.5 cloves of garlic - rosemary - thyme - black pepper - 2 golden delicious apples

    10 hour brine time

    Rub - Cinnamon, Rosemary - black pepper - salt - thyme - crushed garlic

    I'll say that after about the first hour I didn't think these things had a chance of coming out good at all.  Temps were not nearly as easy to control as they were on my test during the week.  Temps today were in the low 70s, light breeze with some sprinkles.

    Glad I bought an oven thermometer.  The one in the hood was between 25-50 degrees off depending on actual temp.  It actually fluctuated.

    Brinkmann 810-3821-S Dual Function with side firebox

    Heat source was Cowboy brand lump charcoal and apple wood chunks from Apple Hill here in Northern California.

    I finished them on the grill to crisp up the skin some.  bout 15 minutes total.

    I really had to stay on top of it today.  I couldn't keep the temp high enough with the intake all the way open.  I actually had to crack the side door a little bit to increase air flow.  Couldn't keep it over 250* otherwise.  But with it open, temps were all over the place.  I went inside for a minute and came out and the hood was reading almost 350*.  This was about 30 minutes in.  So I sat with it for the next 4 hours. 

    I pictured a very creosote rich flavor and was really not looking forward to the end product until about hour 3.

    The wife and I enjoyed some chicken sandwiches for lunch then chicken, roasted reds and grilled asparagus for dinner.

    At the end of the day I would give the process 1 star and the result 3 stars.  But I'm encouraged and will be less all over the place with the flavors next time.

  2. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    That brine sounds delicious! they sure look pretty from here.
  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Dang good looking chicken from down in south Louisiana.
  4. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice work!  Keep working with your rig -- you'll start to figure a few of it's quirks out soon and be able to leave it for good stretches after a while.  I can leave mine for 45-60 min. at a time.

    I generally like to keep things simple with my smokes.  With chicken & turkey it's salt, pepper, butter + garlic powder rub, and smoke with wine-soaked wood chips.  No brine -- ever.  If we're feeling frisky, I'll drape several slices of bacon across the top of the bird(s).  And don't forget to catch those liquid love drippings for a killer gravy!  And keep the stripped carcasses for a mind blowing soup!  The smoke that keeps on giving!!!
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good to me. The Cinnamon in your rub is very interesting.  I like that.
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like it turned out good to me.
  7. arnie

    arnie Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great to me.

    The Cinnamon in your rub is very interesting twist, I may have to try that.

    Let the good times roll!
  8. 63falconht

    63falconht Fire Starter

    I thought about the bacon idea.  wasn't sure how I was gonna get that flavor in there. 

  9. I'm with you 95% Can't do the cinnamon. The spatchcock technique is cool. Those are some good looking birds man!
  10. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great looking birds and interesting recipe. I love spatchcocked birds. They seem to cook more evenly
  11. 63falconht

    63falconht Fire Starter

    Sadly...  they just looked spatchcocked.