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Picture and a question.

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by gunslinger, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. Here's the chicken I smoked today. As I told you all in the newbie area, I am working on some changes to my home built mixer truck water tank smoker, but I couldn't take it any longer, so I improvised since I already started making the changes.
    Chicken was brined in salt, sugar, cayenne, lemon juice, garlic and onion powder, then mopped with real butter and creole seasoning. I smoked it with an oak base and hickory at 250 degrees for 3 1/2 hours. It was fantastic, dripping with juices, and so tender. The best part; I get all the breast because all my family prefer the rest. Second best part; I'll smell like the bird until I shower this evening. Maybe I'll just go to work like this. To bad someone doesn't make a smoked smelling deoderant.
    Anyway, on to my question. I've been smoking meat for years and all the smoke terminology is new to me because I just never have discussed it with anyone. What is a "smoke ring?"
  2. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's some good looking yardbird Gunslinger 8)

    The smoke ring is that kind of red or brown line that comes into the meat from the skin side.
  3. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member


    Great looking bird!

    A smoke ring is that thing on your finger!

    It means you are hopelessly married to smoking :lol: :oops:
  4. jamesb

    jamesb Smoking Fanatic

    Copied from another source...

    A smoke ring is the result of a reaction potassiums and sodium nitrates in the smoke, with oxmethyglobin in the meat. This reaction forms nitrosaminoglobulins, which is what gives the pink color of the smoke ring. Nitrosaminglobulins are also what cause the pink color of cured meats, which have nitrates artificially added during the curing process.

    Red meat has quite a bit of oxmethyglobin in it, but white meat, such
    as poultry does not. This is why it is difficult to get a smoke ring
    on the outer portion of a chicken. Bone marrow contains a lot of oxmethyglobin, which is why you see the red color by the bones in smoked poultry. Kind of a reverse smoke ring

    This chemical reaction will typically stop forming at a meat temp of about 140°, but the meat will continue to take on smoke flavor beyond that.
  5. deer meat

    deer meat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    very good description of a smoke ring.
  6. joed617

    joed617 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Nice looking bird... looks mosit and tender.. Great Job DeerMeat.. Thanks for sharing the pics ..

    JamesB, Thanks for the info, Some folks that don't eat much BBQ chicken don't understand about the meat of the bird close to the bone turns a redish, pinkish color and think that the bird isn't fully cooked when infact it is .. If the meat pulls cleanly from the bone and when the juices run clear your bird is cooked properly.. again.. Thanks for the info.

  7. That's looks good Gunslinger...Thanks for sharing.
  8. q3131a

    q3131a Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Yummy. Makes me want to smoke some more chickens. Now when is WinnDixie having that BOGO sale on roasters?