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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner Q View

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by wntrlnd, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. I mixed up the brine last night and refrigerated it, so it was chilled and ready to brine my leg quarters this morning.  I brined for three hours, then took the chicken out and let it come to room temp before starting my smoke.

    While I was taking the chill off the chicken, I got the smoker going.  I've sort of lost exact count, but I think this is about my 6th smoke (ribs, ribs, butt, beercan chicken, nuts).  Only in the last two smokes have I come close to getting things right. 

    My first few smokes were fun, but stressful.  Today's smoke was only marginally stressful.  I'm getting a lot more confident, and enjoying myself a lot more.

    Here's the leg quarters pre-rub:


    Add some rub:


    I calibrated my thermometers before starting today and resisted the urge to peek in the cooking chamber until about 90 minutes in.  Here's that peek:


    Can you tell that piece in the upper left hand corner is going to be done first?  It came off about 30 minutes before the next one that hit 180.  Then it was another 30 min for the stragglers. 

    Here's that first piece:


    Here are some of the others:





    It was probably the most tender, succulent, incredible chicken I've ever cooked.  I owe a big THANK YOU to all of SMF for the inspiration and guidance.

    I managed to finish in the money in a little poker freeroll tourney while I was doing my smoke.  Made the day even more enjoyable!


    Thanks for looking in!  Hope you enjoyed the Q view!
  2. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    They look very tasty Curly, I mean wntrind !![​IMG]

    Thanks for showing,

  3. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    tose look great   i love the quarters

    tell me you been watchin diners drive ins and dives a little?
  4. LOL!  Thanks, Bearcarver!   definitely the tastiest chicken i've ever cooked.  and this was just my first attempt.  [​IMG]   aw yeah!

    even more LOL!  my favorite Food Channel show

    good call & thank you very much for the compliment!  [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2010
  5. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    mine too,  i want to be that biker guy  that follows him around to all the locations
  6. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very nice Bird  [​IMG]Triple D is my favorite also!!
  7. thx raptor!

    got that bird for 88 cents a pound.  might just go back for more.