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Offline Show me the smoke

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Any tips for a first time chicken smoker?
« on: April 06, 2009, 05:01:36 PM »
I have had the bs about a month now and have smoked some pork and sausage, this weekend I'm thinking about some boneless chicken breasts, may be wraping them in bacon, any tips?  How about temps and times.

Offline Ka Honu

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Re: Any tips for a first time chicken smoker?
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2009, 05:08:04 PM »
There are several recommended options (under "Chicken") on the recipe site here.
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Re: Any tips for a first time chicken smoker?
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009, 06:43:56 PM »
welcome show me the smoke
you have got to try the bacon wrapped chicken breasts.
they are a little tricky the first time you make them but man are
they ever worth the effort..
i have had 3 women offer marriage proposals because of them.
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Re: Any tips for a first time chicken smoker?
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2009, 08:54:27 PM »
Here is my tip...........Don't overcook them!!!!!  Use a thermometer and watch them like a hawk.  Chicken breasts are easy to overcook.

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Re: Any tips for a first time chicken smoker?
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2009, 06:20:22 AM »
Amen to that mheath!  Sometimes marinating them for a little while helps in keeping them moist.  They cook faster than you might think.  The contest guys have pretty much given up on getting yardbird breasts correctly cooked, and usually turn in thighs.  I have used whole thighs and boneless thigh with great success - more forgiving, and arguably more flavorful.  Boneless ones are loads faster.

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Re: Any tips for a first time chicken smoker?
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2009, 12:32:04 PM »
W E L C O M E  to the Forum Show me the smoke!

For some reason, chicken breasts are juicer when still attached to the chicken.

The boneless skinless ones I have done, even wrapped in bacon, were drier than I like.
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Re: Any tips for a first time chicken smoker?
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2009, 10:21:57 PM »
There seems to be a split second window for chicken breasts as far as cooking times go. Very easy to cross the line for a dry breast. Just remember that a breast that has become too dry will make the best chicken salad you have ever had!

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Re: Any tips for a first time chicken smoker?
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2009, 12:07:03 PM »
Keep the vent open more than normally would.   This keeps the moisture down and allows more smoke into the meat.   I always smoked mine and finished on thew grill.   Same good taste and crispy skin as well.

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