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Old 07-08-2009, 07:04 AM   #1
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July 4th cook and practice run for the next KCBS comp.

I pulled out the Lang for the July 4th cooking and decided to make this a practice run for my next KCBS competition. In all, I cooked:

Two Boston butts
Two briskets
Twenty four chicken thighs
Nine racks of ribs

Over all, this was my best cook for all four categories. Thanks for everyone's advice (especially Capt. Morgan and Bill Small) on the ribs. I wish I had taken
more pictures. I cooked over white oak and apple wood.

Get this... I found out that my built in temp gauge got less accurate as the day went on. For the first few hours it was spot on (checking with a infrared tester) and as time went on, it started reading much higher then actual. By the time I put the ribs and chicken on (the last things I cook) it was off by almost 70 degrees. That makes a big difference when I was thinking I was cooking at 250, and the grate temp was only 180. I have a new one on the way.

Can anyone tell me why my chicken looks gray? This picture was taken when the chicken was done. I could not put enough sauce on it to make the color appealing.


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Old 07-08-2009, 10:51 AM   #2
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Looks awesome!

I find my chicken looks grey from smoke and cooking at low temp as it is not browning just getting smoked.

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Old 07-08-2009, 11:03 AM   #3
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that's a load of meat....I think Bryan got the chicken part
right....that's my only quess. Might want to add some
paprika to your rub to get a little darker color.
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