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Postby JMoney7269 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:03 pm

Yessir we cook our chickens to 160 deep in the breast. The phosphates and yeast extractives, and ingredients I can't pronounce IMO are what made everyone volatile the next day.
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Postby Speed » Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:39 pm

Another one back to life....
Brookshires brand Grade A 3.5-4lbs
Marinate for 4 hours
Done at 170 in the thigh joint
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Postby JMoney7269 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:23 pm

That's some good looking chicken!
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Postby cowboydon » Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:16 pm

Dang good looking chicken Speed
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Postby Speed » Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:50 pm

Thanks guys.... That one there took a first place out of 40 teams. It had everything a person could ask for in a chicken. Tasted like chicken, flavor to the bone and the flavor stayed with you. It's been my go to ever since.
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Postby OutlawNinja » Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:12 am

I have never had luck brining ANYTHING. It always turns out too salty, I usally just season heavily with rub but have thought about injecting. What do you guys typically inject with? And can you add some of your rub to the injection?
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Postby Scott P » Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:24 pm

OutlawNinja wrote:I have never had luck brining ANYTHING. It always turns out too salty, I usually just season heavily with rub but have thought about injecting. What do you guys typically inject with? And can you add some of your rub to the injection?


I brine, but don't inject. I also use all natural birds, and not the pre-enhanced ones. I do Sucklebusters Comp Rub and their Honey BBQ Sauce.
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Postby JMoney7269 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:33 pm

Brine injecting eliminates that soggy skin since it's only going Into the meat.
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Postby ThomEmery » Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:02 am

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Re: Competition Chicken Roundtable...

Postby Ranchertx » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:46 pm

Curious if you guys remove the keel bone in the breast? Some say keep it, and some say remove it. If you keep it, then you have to use two chickens to get one half.
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Postby Swamp Donkeyz BBQ » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:50 am

I remove the keel bone.
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Re: Competition Chicken Roundtable...

Postby js-tx » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:04 am

Does everyone split their bird in half before cooking? I've done a couple butterflied birds at home. Both were very juicy, but didn't look so comp worthy when I split it in half.
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Re: Competition Chicken Roundtable...

Postby allenayres » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:21 pm

js-tx wrote:Does everyone split their bird in half before cooking? I've done a couple butterflied birds at home. Both were very juicy, but didn't look so comp worthy when I split it in half.


Take for what it's worth, my chicken isn't good yet, but I split mine - first I use a sharp knife to make a clean slice through the skin/meat then use kitchen shears to cut through the bone, at my last comp they looked mo betta than before. I've seen others use toothpicks to hold the skin in place while cooking. I tried that but I'm afraid I may have left one in? :dont:
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Question: IBCA rules ask that we leave the wing tips out at turn in, how are y'all keeping them from getting burnt to a crisp? I've covered the bottom inch or so with foil but on more than half the chickens that results in the wing tip coming off with the foil when I remove them after cooking - do y'all remove them at some point in the middle of the cook? :scratch:
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Re: Competition Chicken Roundtable...

Postby allenayres » Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:57 pm

allenayres wrote:Question: IBCA rules ask that we leave the wing tips out at turn in, how are y'all keeping them from getting burnt to a crisp? I've covered the bottom inch or so with foil but on more than half the chickens that results in the wing tip coming off with the foil when I remove them after cooking - do y'all remove them at some point in the middle of the cook? :scratch:


Uno mas: I've been hanging my chicken halves in the drum smoker, but the hook wants to go all the way through and puncture a hole through the chicken - do you guys lay them on a grill or have a trick to keep the hook from blowing through both sides?
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Re: Competition Chicken Roundtable...

Postby K LoLo » Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:59 pm

Does everyone buy whole chickens? Is that better than buying an already split chicken (HEB sells these, for example). Or is buying a split chicken even allowed?

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