Welcome Dawna! Prepare to meet some great folk and get some great ideas! While you are here check out Jeffâ€[emoji]8482[/emoji]s Smoking Basics eCourseâ€¦itâ€[emoji]8482[/emoji]s chock full of info about smoking for the novice, it is worth the read, believe you me! Now get ready for some fine smoked cuisine from your own smoker and check out pictures of what other people are smoking! Enjoy!
As with the discussion in my turkey post, that turkey was already treated and was a tiny bit salty. You can probably get by without brining. I'm going to brine my next one because of all the other flavors in the brine but reduce the salt by half.
Thanks, Chad! I finished putting the beast together tonight, will wash and coat it tomorrow. Turkey is defrosting. I had intended to just roast it, but one of the two families we invited has declined the invite, and the other family may, as well. (We're all retired military, hubbies working for the same company, and the other two families' guys have been travelling all week, so I wouldn't be surprised or offended if they say no, too.)
Anyway, if the second family declines, I just may drop that bad bird on the smoker. If it doesn't turn out, I have no qualms about serving my family pizza, instead! Hmmm... sausage pizza with stuffing, cranberries, and sweet potatoes on the side! Yummmmm! LOL!
i 'chickened' out about smoking the turkey, but I did have a chicken defrosted, so I brined it today, about 5 hours, and slapped it on the smoker, breast side down. I just flipped it, and checked it, and it is at 125* at 1-1/2 hours. It smells SO good with a bit of mesquite in the bottom, and I can hardly wait to give it a try. The oven roasted turkey was good, but I am looking forward to this chicken even more. (I sent most of the turkey leftovers home with our guests in anticipation of the chicken!! LOL)
Hello Dawna, welcome to the forum! The food looks great! Congrats on you first smokes!! Just be careful, before you know it you'll be smoking everything (nothin' wrong with that though). The bird looks fantastic, how did it taste? Try smoking your next bird with Hickory, I love my birds done with Hickory (It's a me thing)! Well, once again, welcome, glad you're here!!
Thanks, JMack! The chicken is amazing! It is also very moist. Hubby and I are working on it bit by bit. It's too good to take out in one meal! Hubby is saying things like, "It's just the PERFECT amount of smoke! Any more would be too much but this is perfect!!!" I drove into town today after taking a few bites, and I could smell the mesquite on my fingers... YUMM!!! (YES, I washed them!!) I didn't buy the hickory chunks, yet, but they are available at my Lowes. I got a big bag of mesquite, and little bags of maple, apple and cherry. I'm sure I'll get around to it sooner or later, tho!
Thanks, all of you for the warm welcome and your kind words.