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Old 08-13-2008, 12:50 PM   #1
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Help with chicken halves

I'm smoking a few chicken halves on Fri and not sure if they should be cooked skin up, down or both - suggestions please - any other guidence also.
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:56 PM   #2
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I'm smoking a few chicken halves on Fri and not sure if they should be cooked skin up, down or both - suggestions please - any other guidence also.
I normally do them skin up but it doesn't really matter if you want to flip them several times throughout the cook.
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I start them skin up..then flip em about half way thru....near the end..I sauce then flip again.
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For smoking, I leave em skin side up. Personally, I don't like a lot of rub on the chicken skin when smoking...you're gunna throw the skin away anyway. Are you gunna brine?

For grilling....gotta have that nice charred crispy skin that some flashing of direct gets ya.

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For smoking, I leave em skin side up. Personally, I don't like a lot of rub on the chicken skin when smoking...you're gunna throw the skin away anyway. Are you gunna brine?

For grilling....gotta have that nice charred crispy skin that some flashing of direct gets ya.

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Not completely true. You can get decent edible skin when smoking, but not as good as grilled.
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For smoking, I leave em skin side up. Personally, I don't like a lot of rub on the chicken skin when smoking...you're gunna throw the skin away anyway. Are you gunna brine?

For grilling....gotta have that nice charred crispy skin that some flashing of direct gets ya.

Mmmmm Yard birds.
My plan was to brine for about 4 hours - doing some cornish hens as well. Was thinking smoke at 275 til almost done then crank up to 350 to crisp up the skin.
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..you're gunna throw the skin away anyway.
Not completely true. You can get decent edible skin when smoking, but not as good as grilled.
True...but if it slides off in one big piece when they hit it with a fork .... only the REALLY COOL people will slice it up and chow it.

Sounds like a good plan Big Dude.
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..you're gunna throw the skin away anyway.
Not completely true. You can get decent edible skin when smoking, but not as good as grilled.
True...but if it slides off in one big piece when they hit it with a fork .... only the REALLY COOL people will slice it up and chow it.

Sounds like a good plan Big Dude.
Who eats chicken with a Fork...
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