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  • 6th Borough BBQ
    Former Member
    • Feb 2017
    • 411
    • Jersey City, NJ

    First Whole Chickens on the Lang

    Yesterday I smoked a couple of whole chickens for the first time on my newest smoker.

    Salted an hour an a half prior, Sprayed with Pam, and used Memphis Dust Rub.

    Smoked with about 25% Hickory, 75% Oak for about 2.5HRS at 280 Degrees or so. Cranked the heat up to about 320 for the last 15 minutes or so with the goal of crisping the skin. Pulled them off at 162 Degrees.

    I've done many chickens on my WSM and they always come out nearly perfect at 225 Degrees except for the skin which is never crispy enough, but the meat itself always has had a perfect smoke flavor using lump coal and hickory chunks. So perfect meat, not perfect skin.

    On this occasion, the skin came out much better, though still not crispy enough, and surprisingly the smoke flavor was okay, but unexpectedly, not as good as usual. I'm a little stumped as this has never happened before.

    The meat came out very nice and tender. Overall a successful day, but I still have work to do as the goal is "Great BBQ", not "Good BBQ"!

    Next time I think I'll try using only Hickory to see if that imparts a stronger smoke flavor. Maybe I'll break out the torch to try and crisp the skin to perfection?



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  • kmhfive
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    • Mar 2017
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    • Northern Illinois
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    #2
    I can't help but wonder if orientation would affect the cook. It looks like you would have room to stand them up which may allow more smoke on the interior. Also, letting the legs and wings hang away from the chicken may help with crispy skin. These are guesses as ive only smoked one small turkey and that on a pellet cooker.

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    • kaptkobe
      Club Member
      • May 2017
      • 13

      #3
      That's exactly what I was about to say, use a poultry stand. With the chicken upright it allows the fat to drain better making it easier to get that " bite through" skin. Here's one at bed bath and beyond, it's the one I use https://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic.../dp/B0009JXYR8 just dont put the can in the holder.

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      • 1lightning
        Club Member
        • Apr 2017
        • 7

        #4
        i use the steven riachlen chicken holder and it works awsome for the price

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        • 6th Borough BBQ
          Former Member
          • Feb 2017
          • 411
          • Jersey City, NJ

          #5
          Thank you everyone. I'll give the stand a try next time!

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          • Steve R.
            Club Member
            • Jul 2016
            • 2419
            • Elizabethtown, KY
            • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

            #6
            Just a thought on the skin, but I think dry brining overnight and uncovered in the fridge helps. The skin will turn almost translucent and then I know it has desiccated enough that it can get crispy. Then I like to cook it at 325+ from start to finish. This probably won't help the lack of smoke flavor, though.

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            • 6th Borough BBQ
              6th Borough BBQ commented
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              Thanks I'll give that a try also - I was wondering if perhaps the skin on mine managed to block some of the smoke. Maybe that will help both.
          • DWCowles
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 9703
            • Smiths Grove, Ky
            • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

            #7
            Beautiful!! The chicken and the Lang

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