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    Pit Barrel Fried Chicken Better Than KFC?!

    Hey There!

    I'm a new Pit Barrel Junior owner, and have been having tasty fun and quick success thanks to all of you who post and contribute on this site--what a gold mine y'all have here! I wanted to share my latest success: Ballistic BBQ's Pit Barrel Fried Chicken. I saw the recipe on a Facebook group, and thought I'd give it a try. First attempt and the results were tremendous, everyone at my house wants it on the permanent menu.

    We have a lot of people together in the house, and even so, I opted for the PBJ thinking that I could still manage to cook enough meat if I utilize hanging most of the time. So far, I've been right. Last night it was 7.7 lbs of bone-in chicken thighs. I put them on 6 of the 15" Pit Barrel skewers. Used KBB briquettes, 20 in the chimney for 12-15 mins, then dumped into the basket with some reused charcoal and fresh birqs. I took the thighs to 150 degrees and then set a 5-min timer. Pg 402 of Kenji's Food Lab book says that at 150 degrees, bacteria is dead in 2.7 mins in chicken, so I doubled that for safety. It was OUTSTANDING.

    Here's the recipe if you want to give it a try, I'll also post a pic of the finished product.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doYyjpvCgx4&t=256s
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    #2
    Nice looking chicken
    I’d be all over that and back for seconds
    As far as KFC, I’d rather eat something dead on the side of the road....
    Good job

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    • Steve B
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      😂😂😂

    #3
    Nicely done, Lefty. Using the skewer was a coup, for sure! Welcome to The Pit - hope you convert that trial into a permanent membership cause I'd like to see more great photos of your cooks.

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      #4
      PS you killed it with the corn as well, and the beans, even though blurred in the foreground, are on point.

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        #5
        Dang. That chicken looks killer. 👊👊
        Oh and nice do. 😁
        Heck I almost forgot to welcome you to the pit. 👍

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          #6
          Good looking chicken!
          Welcome to to PBC club

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          • HawkerXP
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            PBC, pbc, ...

          #7
          Looks great! Welcome!

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            #8
            KFC is a low bar, imho. But that looks like some killer chicken!

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            • Potkettleblack
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              I was gonna say... that's like "I make a burger better than McDonalds."

            • pjlstrat
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              Amen

            #9
            I gotta try this recipe. Guess that means I have to buy a PBC...

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            • grezs
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              There are worse fates.

            #10
            Looks good. Welcome from Maryland

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              #11
              Welcome to the pit! Not to take anything away from your cook, because it looks amazing, but you would have to fubar that bird for it *not* to be better than KFC! Nice job!

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                #12
                Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!
                Lookin forward to learnin along with, an from ya!

                Yer yardbird looks right on point, an a nice intro, brother!
                Hope ya stick around, join up, an participate.

                Got any good shots o them there beans? On accounta I'm purty bean dependant lol...

                A receipt'd be even nicer, if yer willin to share yer bean secrets...

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                • Bkhuna
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                  The bean scene from Blazing Saddles just ran through my mind.

                • Mr. Bones
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                  Runs through mine as well, perhaps summmat more frequently,
                  So Very Good to hear that yer mind is still manufacturing Virtual Methane, fer yer enjoyment
                  Bkhuna
                  Last edited by Mr. Bones; July 3, 2020, 06:48 AM.

                #13
                That chicken looks delicious, I’m gonna need to try that!

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                  #14
                  Welcome to the pit. Good lookin chicken there

                  Going to try this, should work with kettle vortex combo
                  Last edited by klflowers; June 28, 2020, 05:21 PM. Reason: Watched video

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                  • Mr. Bones
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                    Now we're talkin, Brother!
                    Thanks fer plantin th seed of Inspiration...

                  #15
                  Looks great! Was the chicken crispy?

                  Kathryn

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                  • lefty_burns
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                    Hey fzxdoc, it sure was! I pulled it at 150-155 degrees, but it could have taken even more heat to darken/crisp up the skin. In the video he takes it to 175 on the grate. I went heavier on the breading that I needed to IMO, but it was nice and crisp. We all got full too quickly, I could eat that crispy yard bird all day!

                    This recipe is easy-peasy to nail on the first attempt, and the fattiness of the thighs means there's a WIDE range of temps it would be juicy and delicious within. Cheers!

                  • fzxdoc
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                    Thanks for the additional info, lefty_burns . That chicken is on my To Make list now, thanks to you.

                    Kathryn

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