Orange wood smoked chicken on my WSM (already have Q-view for yall)

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by pcmyers23, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. pcmyers23

    pcmyers23 Smoke Blower

    Went by Academy a few days ago and picked up an assortment of wood (pecan, peach, orange and oak). Didnt even know orange was an option so Im not sure what to expect. So far cherry wood has been my favorite and my taste testing crowd has agreed. The rub is just olive oil, salt, pepper and some paprika bc I like the color. Experiment time!

  2. bear55

    bear55 Master of the Pit

    Looks nice, at what temp are you running your smoker?
  3. pcmyers23

    pcmyers23 Smoke Blower

    I like to run it between 300-350 for chickens but its sittin at 270 right now. Went and cracked some vents so hopefully she'll jump up here in a minute.

    What temp do you smoke chickens at?
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    PC that looks good to me nice simple rub. Let us know how the Orange taste.
  5. pcmyers23

    pcmyers23 Smoke Blower

    Thanks tropics. Theyve been on 20 min and the smoker has climbed to 280*. More pics will be comin.
  6. pcmyers23

    pcmyers23 Smoke Blower

    No Q-view update but Ive got quite the crowd on the lake tonight. Have a ton of ducks and even a few pelicans! Pretty rare I think down in Texas..these suckers are HUGE. I call them the SUV's of the bird world. Couple pics bc Im just waitin.

  7. pcmyers23

    pcmyers23 Smoke Blower

    Q-view update: Got the other probe in 1 of the chickens. Smoker 316* and IT 117*

  8. pcmyers23

    pcmyers23 Smoke Blower

    Pulled them right at 165* love my maverick. As far as the orange wood goes it was a light smoke flavor but I was a little disappointed the flavor wasnt deeper. Chickens were still awesome and crazy juicy. Cherry wood is still the gold standard for chickens. Snapped a few pics before I had to put the phone down and eat. Thanks for watchin.

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  9. nice looking yard birds pc, i have never use any orange wood, very interested in the way that turned out. good looking thread and pictures, and the recipe here is a keeper, thanks

  10. What kind of flavor did the Orange wood give the chicken?

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    It looks very tasty!

    Happy smoken.

  12. pcmyers23

    pcmyers23 Smoke Blower

    It was very subtle. We liked it but I wouldnt have been able to guess it was orange wood. No citrus flavor or anything exciting like that. Trying pecan or peach next.
  13. pcmyers23

    pcmyers23 Smoke Blower

    Thanks! Really cant go wrong with chickens on the WSM. Always come out so dang juicy.
  14. Both Pecan and Peach are some of my favorites  Peach is very very mild I use mostly pecan every one seems to like it the best

  15. pcmyers23

    pcmyers23 Smoke Blower

    Pecan was voted next by the taste testers. Thats kinda what Im expecting after trying a few fruit woods, was hopin theyd be better but thanks for the input. May be a few days before I get to smoke again bc Im helpin a buddy that just bought his 1st house. Gotta pretend I know how to remodel things.
  16. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    If you want more smoke penetration try going low and slow for the first three quarters of the cook and then either jack the temp or move the chicken down closer to the fire. I do this with great success in my drum. Dat yardbird looks tasty!
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2015
  17. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I just thought I would add that I have not found any fruitwood to be bad for smoking. If you can eat the fruit you can smoke with it. 
  18. pcmyers23

    pcmyers23 Smoke Blower

    I will keep that in mind and probably give it a try with the peach wood when I get around to that. Thanks!
  19. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Keep an eye out around your area for downed fruit trees after a storm. Most of the time people just throw that stuff away. I rarely ever buy wood.
  20. pcmyers23

    pcmyers23 Smoke Blower

    I'm gonna have to find a few sources if it's really that easy. Y'all have great ideas round here

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