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Old 11-07-2006, 11:49 AM   #1
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Smoked a Whole Chicken

As a rehearsal for smoking a whole turkey, I smoked a whole chicken. It turned out moist and tender and wonderful tasting.

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Old 11-07-2006, 12:11 PM   #2
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Yep, I have smoked many chickens but I usually do it the "beer can" method. I've often wondered how a turkey would turn out on one of those really tall beer cans!!! If you put apple juice in your water pan it imparts a wonderful flavor in the bird.

YUM - that bird looks good. How long did you smoke it? 5 hours?
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Old 11-07-2006, 12:13 PM   #3
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Really nice bird, Sigma Man. Congratulations!
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Old 11-07-2006, 01:02 PM   #4
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It took about five hours. I soaked the wood in apple juice and then poured the apple juice into the 'water' pan along with some water. It worked well.

Thanks for your comments.

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Old 11-07-2006, 01:03 PM   #5
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They are good. When I had that style of water smoker I usually ran the chicken into a 400* oven for 30-45 minutes to heat through. This also rendered a lot of fat from the bird which in that style smoker does not seem to cook out of it.
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Old 11-07-2006, 01:08 PM   #6
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Gretchen, do you mean that the bird spent 30-45 minutes in the oven after being smoked for some time?

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Old 11-07-2006, 05:42 PM   #7
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wait till you see how good the turkey comes out! I strongly suggest a nice flavourful brine, too.
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Old 11-07-2006, 05:46 PM   #8
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Looks divine! Did the juice just burst out when you bit into a piece?
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:46 AM   #9
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Yes. When I have smoked chickens in a water smoker (emphasis), I find that the fat does not render as it does now that I do it in my side firebox without the water. It was true of ribs also--great smoke flavor but the fat sort of "sets up". For the chicken it was a part of the serving process--it needed to be heated so just stick it in the oven at 400*--crisped the skin and rendered the "held" fat. It isn't that you absolutely "need" to do it--I just preferred it and when giving them as Christmas food gifts always recommended it.
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How did you smoke it?

If you have a smoker... then how to you smoke something without a smoker.
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