My first smoke ever - whole chicken

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by idahosmoker79, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. idahosmoker79

    idahosmoker79 Newbie

    This Saturday I did my first ever smoke in my new MES 30. Here's how it went:

    Brined my 7 lb bird for about 6 hours in a simple salty brine in a 5 gallon bucket. Let it dry and prepped my smoker. Started low at 190 using 1/2 hickory 1/2 cherry wood.

    1 hour in bird at 77*
    2 hours in bird at 115*. Smoker up to 200* now
    3 hours in bird at 135* smoker up to 225* now
    4 hours in bird at 144*
    4 1/2 hours in bird at 149* smoker up to 275*
    5 hours in bird at 165*

    Let it sit carved it up and enjoyed the best chicken of my life! I'm hooked on smoking. When I do this again I think I'll use a little less salty brine or not brine as long and probably start hotter than I did. The flavor was a little stronger than my wife liked so I'd tone it down a bit maybe with more fruit wood concentration. That experimentation will be fun!
  2. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Glad your chicken came out well!  Higher temp, less time in the smoke, will tone down the flavor a bit.  Poultry absorbs smoke well.  It can be a little strong tasting for some.  I enjoy the smokiness myself.

  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The slow temp rise let more smoke accumulate. Try 275 the whole time and/or back down on the Hickory. You didn't say how much salt you used but I and lots of others getting good results with 1/2C Morton Kosher per Gallon. You can go 6-8 hours or overnight with no saltiness issues...JJ
  4. smokinal

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

    Very good result for your first smoke! It only gets better from here. By the way, my wife is my worst critic too. But that's alright it makes you keep trying to improve your technique.

    Great job!

  5. jetsknicks1

    jetsknicks1 Smoking Fanatic

    Good job on your first smoke Thumbs Up. I'm also new to smoking and I'm totally hooked too. This forum is the best resource I have found when it comes to advice and ideas. Hope to see you back.
  6. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like a success for your first ever smoke ! Thumbs Up That's awesome, what ya gonna smoke next ?
  7. idahosmoker79

    idahosmoker79 Newbie

    Thank you! I think this weekend I'm going for some baked beans and a turkey.
  8. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's great, good luck... If ya need any help on anything, just ask. This site is full of great folks that like to help out !

    So, what part of the Gem State ya from ?
  9. idahosmoker79

    idahosmoker79 Newbie

    I'm from Pocatello, you?
  10. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cool, I'm in the Saint Anthony area.

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