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Whole Chicken Temps

Bama FireBama Fire Posts: 267
edited 4:11AM in EggHead Forum
I've read several posts which discuss thigh temps for whole chickens cooked on the egg. Why does everyone measure the thigh rather than the breast?[p]Learning to ZEN on the EGG[p]Bama Fire


  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,407
    Bama Fire,
    I measure in the breast. Pull at 165 for best results.
    Thigh will probably be 175-180.[p]Good luck. You brining??[p]NB
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  • Bama FireBama Fire Posts: 267
    Nature Boy,
    Yep -- I am gonna brine -- any helpful hints?[p]I checked with the butcher last night and he didn't have any briskets. *%$#@#. I'll check back later in the week. Boston Butts were also too pricy -- $1.67 per pound. I've bought them for $0.89 per pound. I did find some reasonable chicken wings. I'm headed to Sam's tonight in search of cheap meat -- they normally have wonderful prices. Hopefully, I'll be able to load up the freezer for next month or two.[p]Lent also has the potential of throwing a wrench into my egging this week -- no meat on Ash Wednesday or Fridays. Maybe I'll try some shrimp on the EGG. Yum![p]B~F

  • JimWJimW Posts: 450
    Bama Fire,
    It's just a matter of preference. I guess the cooking schools teach the thigh method. Don't know, never been there. The chicken is done when the thigh reads 175-180F. The breast should read about 10 degrees cooler at the same time.

  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,407
    Bama Fire,
    Helpful hints?? BRANT'S BRINE!!! See eggfest 98 recipes for Brant's Beer Butt Chicken. Simple brine with honey, salt, bay leaves, cinnamon (the secret ingredient), a bit o vinegar I think. You will not regret. BRANT'S BRINE rules.[p]For the wings you got, my favorite is tanker tim's okinawan wings. Chef RD's are supposedly excellent also.[p]Good luck newlywed boy.
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