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Pit Barrel Junior - two whole chickens

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    Pit Barrel Junior - two whole chickens

    Meathead + Pit Barrel Junior has “totally redeemed” chicken in the mouths of my recent guests!

    A smokey pair of yard birds stand tall atop the podium of “best smoked meats,” de-throning pulled pork as the reigning heavyweight champion... their savory skins and juicy meat were too much for the porker to handle!

    A brief 2-hr dry salt brine on top of the skin (uncovered in the fridge), then applied binders and rubs, smoke gave it depth and proper slow-roasting to 160-165° meant it was extra-juicy. Pre-trimmed weight 8.89lbs, cook time 1:45. Lit 20 coals in chimney for 12-mins put 17 new coals on top of a layer of used charcoal and it nearly filled up junior’s coal basket. Began cooking nearly immediately. After ~15 mins cooker was still under 200° so I cracked the lid with foil and we were off to the races 275-325° for the remainder.

    Left to Right birds 1, 2, 3, 4
    - 1 was covered in Franks and then peri-peri spice
    - 2 was mustard-covered then Meathead’s Memphis Dust
    - 3-4 were mustard covered and then Pit Barrel’s All Purpise Rub

    Peri-peri and Memphis Dust were the favorites!

    Special thanks to fzxdoc for her excellent guides and posts, and @Meathead for continually upping my BBQ game!
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    #2
    Great looking chicken! Bet it tasted as good as it looks!

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      #3
      Those aren't whole chickens!

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        #4
        Nice lookin' yard birds.

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          #5
          Gorgeous yardbirds, lefty_burns . Yup, that PBC is a chicken machine. My family asks for it all the time, and I'm happy to oblige. Plus I get some pretty tasty homemade chicken stock with the bones and scraps.

          I'm happy to have provided even a bit of info that helped you on your way to Chicken Nirvana.

          Kathryn

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            #6
            Great looking chicken! I'm doing a couple birds later today.

            +1 on the tasty stock. Smoked chicken stock is my new secret weapon to go into most of my other dishes. I used it with just a box mix of zatarain's dirty rice, and it was definitely a couple steps up from normal.

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            • Alabama Smoke
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              Gotta try that BFlynn. Thanks for posting that. Smoked dirty rice.........

            #7
            CHICKEN! PBC jr!

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              #8
              That chicken looks delicious! I’m fairly new to the PBC, but love chicken cooked in it. fzxdoc Ive been throwing the bones out, what a waste, gotta start saving for stock!

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              • fzxdoc
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                You won't regret it. Smoked chicken stock even kicks up basic chicken noodle soup up a notch. I use it in everything calling for chicken stock/broth.

                Kathryn

              #9
              Ya gotta love how juicy the yard birds are when done in the Pit barrel! Nice work!

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