Our neighborhood block party is tomorrow, which I completely forgot about. But anyhow, decided to make pulled chicken. Which will give me a better bang for the buck, thighs at .98/lb or quarters at .49/lb?
If you go with quarters, I'd cut the legs off & serve as is. Legs are great because they come with their own handle! Kids love them! As you probably know, quite a few people won't eat dark meat. I say "more for the rest of us"!
21lbs of chicken going, legs & thighs. Legs rubbed with a cherry rub and thighs I pulled back the skin and rubbed with a spicy apple rub. Good thing I've got the FEC, no way would this all have fit in the SM020. For the legs, I think I might do half sauce, half without.
It's a potluck block party, so everyone is bringing something. My neighbors and I were just laughing about last years, someone actually brought a couple of Domino's pizzas.
Chicken almost done. What I've noticed is what a totally different cooking environment the FEC is than the electrics. Cooking at 276 and the skin on the thighs is actually crisping up. In the 020, even at 300 it was always rubbery. I'm liking this smoker more & more every day.
Yep, I've read quite a few posts about that. It was a little unnerving a few times as I got close to the smoker and heard the sizzling of the grease hitting the grease tray. Probably opened the door a few times too many to make sure there were no grease fires since this was my first big load of chicken.
I'll remember the 376 tip, but was very surprised that it started crisping up at 276. In the 020, I had to throw it on the grill in order to crisp up the skin.
Was a fun party, no Domino's this year! The legs disappeared real quick. The half pan of pulled chicken didn't last much longer. Several neighbors asked when I was having my next cook out and if they were invited.
Andy, The less you open the door the better. The only time I've had a fire was with chicken after I had the door open. What happens is the firepot gets stoked to catch up the temp and the grease catches on fire. It's best to just look @ your temp readout. If it's close to set point you're good. If you do have a fire, don't open the door (ever seen Backdraft). Turn the unit off and cover the exhaust. When it's out, make sure you're hopper is not on fire! Remember: Door Gaskets are cheaper than Plastic Surgery! Joe M
Dang..never heard of that fat scraping on thighs. Bet that would help a lot to give good skin. Thanks for the tip. Has anybody on the KCBS circuit ever turned in the required amounts of the button on the back? Preacher's Noses as some might call it? If not..why not?
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