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Old 03-15-2009, 04:57 PM   #1
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Tuning up the grill

Great 60 degree day in Western PA, had to break out the grill. Decided to warm up my lame grilling skills with two whole chickens. Injected with some Apple juice, ACV and Franks Hot sauce, didn't have time to brine as I bought the chickens today.

Offset the coals to each side, as I wanted to cook with indirect heat, but dang, temp management is challenging. Had a few too many coals, temps got up to 375, before I got it adjusted to around 275. For true smoking, I really needed to keep the temp under 225, but it was my first attempt and I was limited on time, so the little quicker cooking was not a problem. Flipped the birds a few times, sprayed with Apple juice and ACV, 2.5 hours later, birds were around 170-180, wrapped in foil to rest, we ate hour later. Meat was pretty good.

I'm more a fan of pork, but chicken will do in a pinch.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:05 PM   #2
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Man those are two delicious-looking chickens! I just roasted one myself in an oven last night, it was a 5.5 pounder and I split it with my bro. Next item on the list is to find a good sauce/rub because while I do enjoy Masterpiece BBQ sauce, I use way to much of it in one sitting. Get those skills ready for the weekend in June/July! If there is anything you need help with for that let me know.
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Old 03-16-2009, 09:47 AM   #3
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Joe;

Consider making your own sauce. I've added this link to my blog, pretty informative.

http://www.amazingribs.com/ w/f/s

Thanks for the offer on bringing stuff, will keep ya posted.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:27 AM   #4
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Just checked out the site and it looks really good. Lots of choices for sauces and rubs, thanks.
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:02 AM   #5
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Re: Tuning up the grill

Jay can you overnight some of that to me?
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:09 PM   #6
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Old 03-16-2009, 05:38 PM   #7
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Re: Tuning up the grill

Jay, you ever soak wood chips and smother the coals with them to smoke on your grille? I find it works great as long as I have a squirter (mostly water with a bit of vinegar) to hold flames at bay.

I personally have been going crazy with crockpotting lamb lately (shanks, leg, tips). Mmmmmm.
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Jay, you ever soak wood chips and smother the coals with them to smoke on your grille? I find it works great as long as I have a squirter (mostly water with a bit of vinegar) to hold flames at bay.

I personally have been going crazy with crockpotting lamb lately (shanks, leg, tips). Mmmmmm.
Wade;

Yep, wet wood chips work, or you can just wrap them in aluminum foil, punch some holes in the foil.

I'm using s squirt bottle filled with apple juice, some franks, maybe what ever else you want to use to keep some moisture on the meat with some extra added taste.

Ya, Crock pot rocks, it's sooooo easy and the meat really comes out great.

I'm going to thaw our a beef heart, brine it, then slow grill it on Saturday, when I have more time. BBQ heart could be very good, I'll post pics are taste test results.
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:04 PM   #9
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Dude, I've totally got to head up into your neck of the woods. I'm a freakin rookie meat cooker.
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Dude, I've totally got to head up into your neck of the woods. I'm a freakin rookie meat cooker.
Brian;

I'm definitely not the master cook, or master of anything, but you have a standing invite to come to PA and have some fun, along with great food.

Jamie and I are planning on holding our 2nd annual CF / Meat Fest sometime either in late June or July. We'll start a new thread on this subject soon.

In the mean time, it's just a matter of trying new meats and new ways to prepare them. Any thing that moves is game (no pun intended), except the family pets.

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