Whole – y Smoked Chicken

Whole Smoked Chicken

Used salt, garlic salt, black pepper, oregano, thyme, chili powder and paprika for the rub and then smoked it using a combination of apple and mesquite woods.

Took about 3 1/2 hours at 325F-ish for IT to reach 170F. Wrapped in foil and let rest. Carved into pure chicken perfection. Next time I am going to take the temp up to 190F though; a little under done in some places for our taste.

Whole Smoked Chicken
Whole Smoked Chicken

 

Whole Smoked Chicken
Whole Smoked Chicken- Another angle

 

mmm smokey
mmm smokey
plate of goodness
plate of goodness

Smoked Chicken Leg Quarters

Smoked Chicken Leg Quarters

Did chicken leg quarters on the smoker tonight. Used an apple wood rub and then smoked them at about 350F for an hour. The temp probe showed 196F when I took them out of the smoker. I finished them by doing a quick sear on both sides just to crisp things up.

Smoked Chicken Leg Quarters
Apple wood Smoked Chicken Leg Quarters

I really impressed with how much smoke flavor made it into the meat in only a bit over an hour!

Chicken and mashed
Chicken and mashed

A bit hard to tell from this pic but there was a great smokey pinkness going on here. Really a great result for an experiment in smoking chicken.

Smoke ring on chicken
Smoke ring on chicken

Smoked Pulled Pork

Been smoking some meats lately and I thought I would post pics and stuff here.

Pork Butt:

I used Alton Brown’s recipe as a guide. This meant soaking it a brine for about 10 hours.

pork butt in brine
pork butt in brine

 

I used a store bought rub.  I coated it in mustard first and then applied a generous amount of rub to the entire butt. While it was coming up to ambient temp I got the smoker heated and a good head of smoke going.

 

ready for the smoker
ready for the smoker

I ended up fighting with the temp all night and eventually ran out of charcoal. I also used about 7 pounds of apple wood chunks. At this point the butt was not done and I threw it in the oven to bake at 225 while I went and took a nap.

Nice bark!
Nice bark!

And then all that was left was the pulling and the eating! So delicious.

 

after it was pulled
after it was pulled