Smoked & grilled 5 thighs yesterday. Haven’t been able to get crispy
skin consistently so I tried an experiment. Folded back the skin and covered
the thighs with Plowboy’s “Yardbird”... Dusted the skin as well. Replaced the skin... Into the Egg
on the top level of the AR (not on the extender, just a couple of inches above
the gasket) at 380° for an hour. Used the 13” pizza stone, covered with foil,
on the spider as an indirect piece. Let the temp rise to 400° over the hour.
Checked internal temp.... 185°- 195°. I removed the cooking grid with the
thighs on it, removed the stone and the AR. I removed the skin from two pieces
and gave everything a 2nd dusting of Yardbird, flipped the pieces (skin side
down on the pieces that had skin and returned the grid to the top of the fire
ring (normal position). Removed everything after 5 min of direct heat.
Shouldn’t have dusted the skin again... about half of it charred. The pieces
with the skin removed were a beautiful deep copper and hadn’t charred... or
dried out. The skin was tasty except where it was charred... had gotten
crispier and was approaching “bite through”. We ate all but two pieces... one
with and one without skin. Cold chicken for breakfast this morning. Big
surprise... The piece without skin was moist and very smokey... The other was
tasty, thanks to the rub... but had much less smoke flavor. The skin was
“so-so”. I was surprised that the skinless piece had absorbed so much smoke in
only 5 min. with the skin removed. Will definitely try this again... Leaving
the skin on for most of the cook preserved the moisture and probably added
flavor.... Removing it for 5 min of direct heat gave a noticable improvement in
I’ll keep working on the skin but it’s great to find one good way to use
it... and serve without it. Oh, I forgot to put ANY smoke wood in the Egg...
Just once used Royal Oak. Forgot to take pics.