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Cornell Chicken revisited

char buddychar buddy Posts: 562
edited 4:47PM in EggHead Forum
<p />Here are two pictures of my Cornell chicken setup for 350 degrees.


  • char buddychar buddy Posts: 562
    Char Buddy,[p]Awhile back Q.N.E.Tyme had a bad experience with a cornell chicken cooked at 350º. The temps got out of control and the chicken came out chalky and vinegary. [p]When I do cornell chickens (CCs) low and slow (250º) I do them on a direct set up and I flip and baste them five times over a 3 hour cook. I figured that higher temp cook would work the same way only faster.[p]It turns that a raised grid direct set up doesn't work at a higher temp just like Q.N.E.Tyme said. The basting liquid promotes flare ups and it really is hard to control the cook. [p]I did these chickens on a raised grid indirect set up with a drip pan.
    the results were much better. I keep the temp at 300º (with the help of a number 7 temp ring) and I was able to baste and flip to my heart's content without flareups and temp spikes. It took almost an hour and half to get the thigh to 180º.[p]The results were somewhat similar to the results I got at low temps. The skin wasn't as dark or as crispy as I like. The vinegar taste was there but under control. The texture was juicy - almost too juicy for my taste.[p]Again Q.N.E. Tyme got it right and I think I found a fix. I think I'll stick with the low and slow version (three hours or more), but it's nice to know that a speeded up version works too.[p]The Cornell Chicken recipe is listed in the new recipe section, but I will have to modify the higher temp version.

  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,508
    <p />Mr Biddy.
    Good shots, and it looks like you musta had fun doing it too!! Just a tidbit of unsolicited info here. I see your big fat firebricks might be getting in the way a tad. Consider breaking that thing into three pieces, and using a setup like this. Works great for me.[p]Thanks for posting your results! Looks like something worth trying.
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  • char buddychar buddy Posts: 562
    Nature Boy,[p]Dude - see ya next weekend. If anybody doing overnight cooks at Liberty Bell is interested, there's a place not to far away where you can play volleyball all night long - indoors, or outdoors on sand. I would advise doing your beers after you play volleyball, but then again maybe a few beers might help my game.[p]CB
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