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My wife asked if I could smoke some chicken? Challenge excepted 12 whole birds and 2 packs of thighs

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by russmn, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. russmn

    russmn Smoking Fanatic

    My wife has been making a bunch of meal prep meals and she wanted chicken! She got some chicken hahaha 12 whole chickens and 2 family packs of thighs.
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    I got all the pre flavored chickens only because they were on sale .
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    I decided to rub them with flavors that went with the prepackaged flavor . I used a very very good lemon and herb rub from my trip to kc,Jeff's rub recipe on the other whole Chickens and a Jamaican jerk rub on all of the thighs I spatchcocked the whole chickens. Here they are all ready to go out to the smoker. You can see my helper in this picture also haha
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    20180305_170845.jpg got my smoker up to 325. Used charcoal with a small amount of oak 20180305_171448.jpg 20180305_171335.jpg took about 5 hours for all the chicken to come up to temp. I also rotated my racks during the cook 2 times and the outside temp was around 0. I pulled them as the breast would get to about 160. Here is the finished product! 20180305_220520.jpg 20180305_220054.jpg 20180305_220126.jpg 20180305_220659.jpg
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    Here are some smoked pulled chicken tacos I made with it. 20180306_124540.jpg
     

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  2. Looks delicious!
     
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  3. motocrash

    motocrash Master of the Pit

    Nice job! If there's any truth to the old adage-you are what you eat...12 Yardbirds...you're gonna be clucking before it's all gone!
     
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  4. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    :eek:
     
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  5. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think that's the best photo bomb I've ever seen on this board.

    Just guessing here, but I'll bet there were a lot of amazed people after you served.
     
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  6. russmn

    russmn Smoking Fanatic


    Haha I have to agree
     
  7. Sodaking27

    Sodaking27 Newbie

    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.
    Looks great.
     
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  8. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    What kind of smoker is that?

    Chicken all looks great!
     
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  9. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Holy cow! :eek:

    Chickens look great!
     
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  10. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Holy Key-wrap!
    That is HUGE!
    Empty the hen-house Earl!
    So how long have you had this "Go Big, or don't build a Fire!" Syndrome?
    Amazing! And looks Delicious! :eek::D
     
  11. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I'd say HUGE....
     
  12. russmn

    russmn Smoking Fanatic

    The smoker is a T&K Reverse flow smoker size medium ! Wouldn't trade it for any other smoker ! 30 below in mn I'm still smoking meat !
     
  13. russmn

    russmn Smoking Fanatic

    Should also mention I had one more rack and room to spare on other racks . I can smoke 21 spatchcocked chickens at one time. Or 8 10/11 pound butts or 12 8 pound butts if i jam it full. 28 racks of baby backs. 7 briskets around that 12 pound mark give or take. Mind you these are loaded amounts but very doable! I love my t&k
     
  14. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Ahh..ok . Nice smoker!

    Good job!

    The T&K Medium RF

    Standard Features
    1" High Density Insulation
    14 Gauge Fully Welded Exterior
    4 Cooking Racks
    Stainless Steel Drip Pan
    Heavy Duty Latches
    Tel-Tru Thermometer

    Dimensions
    Outside Dimensions: 30" w x 26" d x 62" h
    Cooking Chamber: 21.5" w x 16.25" d x 24" h
    Cooking Racks: 21" w x 16" d
    Weight: 450lbs

    Specifications
    Cooking Degrees: (approx) 180 to 300
    Amount of Charcoal: 10-12lbs
    Cooking Time: 12+ hours (Depending on temperature)
    Meat: (approx) 8 butts, 12 racks baby backs, 8 chickens, 2 large turkeys
     
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  15. russmn

    russmn Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks ! His meat amounts are on the low side and also has up to 7 racks but comes with 4. Actual weight was 568
     
  16. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    So you fire that up and do one pork butt or 1 pork loin? 2 racks of ribs? A single chicken? A single chuck roast or 2?

    You use it for serving 2 to 4 people?
     
  17. russmn

    russmn Smoking Fanatic

    Yes all the time ! It is very efficient!
     
  18. russmn

    russmn Smoking Fanatic

    I was smoking in a blizzard and used less then a pound of charcoal an hour.
     
  19. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Almost as good as my Brinkmann.
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    Half lb an hour.. :D. $50
     

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  20. russmn

    russmn Smoking Fanatic

    Lmao I have that same smoker! It's what I started with
     

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