Smoking whole chickens

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by arsmokinjoe, May 17, 2011.

  1. arsmokinjoe

    arsmokinjoe Newbie

    Never done this...

    What temp smoker?
    When to foil?
    When to stop?
     
  2. smokinal

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

    Beer can chicken is the way to go. No foil. Smoke at 275-300 for crispy skin. Pull out of smoker when the breast is 165 and thigh is 175.
     
  3. Even without the beer can pretty much the same.
     
  4. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      Al, if I am doing whole chicken for pulled chicken, do I need the temp that high? Or is that just for the skin?

    Mike
     
  5. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I use 275 as my smoker temp so I can get it out of the danger zone quickly. Then crank it up at the end for the skin. I do not brine...
     
  6. smokinal

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


    That's just for the skin. My all time favorite is smoke it at 225. While it's smoking fry up some bacon until crispy. Take the bacon & put on a paper towel, but leave the grease in the pan. When the chicken is done, take the skin off chop it into little pieces & put it in the fry pan in the bacon grease, fry it until it's crispy. Pull the chicken & put in a large mixing bowl. Chop the bacon up & combine the bacon & skin with the pulled chicken. toss them together & serve.
     
  7. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I have already had open heart surgery ...do I want it again?????   LOL
     
  8. smokinal

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

    It's good Roller, just try it one time.
     
  9. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      Thanks for the tips. I think my arteries can stand it once or twice! Besides, if you can't have bacon, .....

     Mike
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2011
  10. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We always go for 275ºF or higher with chicken and turkey.  We rub butter and Cavendars under the skin and also on the outside of the skin along with a generous amount of my rub...
     
  11. I've been wanting to do this. I've had some good success with legs and thighs, want to try a whole chicken.

    Is there a per lb time limit when it comes to chicken? Just want to make sure I could get it done before supper
     
  12. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I say brine the chicken and then spatchcock or half the chicken. Rub them down both on and underneath the skin.  Smoke at 225 for around 2 hours or until it hits about 5 degrees before the temp you want then finish up skin side down on a grill.  But this is just my opinion there are lots of way to skin this cat.
     
  13. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    It will vary but I find a 5 pound bird will reach temperature at 225 in around two hours some faster than others.  Also brined birds seem to cook faster than unbrined birds.
     
  14. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you have not tried ShooterRicks Snake Bitten Chicken Rub you are missing out. I have used it for over a year for many a smoke or bbq and folks just love it.  I do run it thru my grinder a bit to get some finer granules in addition to the larger ones but everyone loves this stuff.  
     
  15. austinl

    austinl Smoking Fanatic

    I have found that a mop that contains some sugars (like thinned bbq sauce) will help crisp up the skin because the sugars will slowly carmelize, even at lower temps.  The next whole chicken I plan on doing I was going to inject it with something known around our house as, "chile lime sauce".  The sauce is just equal portions of freshly-squeezed lime juice, olive oil, and Sriracha-style hot sauce, then a little bit of salt and freshly-pressed garlic.  What do you chicken experts think about that injected into a bird?   
     
  16. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As to the mop, I don't think chix require that, but it is a matter of taste.  If you are pulling the chix there is no need to worry about the skin.  Everybody has their way of doing it.  Try the different methods and see what you like.

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  17. austinl

    austinl Smoking Fanatic

    Well here's the chicken

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    I couldn't really taste the sauce I injected it with but none-the-less the chicken was still delicious and moist.  Some other stuff snuck in there with it; pork neck bones for greens, a plantain, and some braut's.  Not a bad Sunday afternoon.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    X2
     
  19. austinl

    austinl Smoking Fanatic

    I will try the beer can chicken next time.
     
  20. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The color was great Austin,

    The Beer can chicken is pretty darn hard to beat!

    Thanks for the Qview[​IMG]
     

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