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Frank from HoumaFrank from Houma Posts: 5,755
edited 4:03PM in EggHead Forum
Picked up a chicken on the way home last night to try my hand at a ballontine. Told my bride I was going in the kitchen to play. :)

The volunteer

Wing lollipops

Carcass out

Legs and wings out

Hit the cavity with some Hoochie Mama and started stuffing with fresh spinach

Then added broccoli/cheese/rice casserole

Meanwhile - why not make a small stock?

Put the bird together with a single skewer

On to the small with sugar cane for smoke - indirect at 400 dome

Pulled when the breast meat was 165

It's purty

Was late so we just had a taste - mightyfine and mighty moist as chickies on the Egg always are


  • Rezen73Rezen73 Posts: 356
    Looks scrumptious!

    How were the chicken lollies?
  • They are mightyfine - done before the ballontine and a little treat for the pitmaster B) . They go well with cajun koolaid - Jacques Danielle and Sprite :laugh:

    Did these the other day and dipped them in SBRs like a moink ball about 15 minutes before I took them off - Mmmmmm
  • Rezen73Rezen73 Posts: 356
    Those look mighty fine. Wish I wasn't going out of town Sunday... I'd have to cook me up a batch!

    hrmm, maybe I can find a way to sneak in a few tomorrow. :D
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,941
    Congratulations. That's some nice de-boning. I have enough trouble just doing thighs. Can't imagine what a mess I'd make with a whole carcass.
  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    THAT LOOKS WONDERFUL! great job deboneing :) slow and steady and a good sharp knife and it is not to bad to do really :)
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 7,905
    That is a work of art Frank.
    Thank you,

    Galveston Texas
  • It really wasn't as hard as I thought it would be

    Here is the link for those that haven't seen it - pretty cool
  • Mssr. Pepin says it shouldn't take more than a minute - took me about 20 looking back and forth at the video on my Iphone :)

    Methinks I need more practice :laugh:
  • Chickie today turkie manana :)
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,674
    That looks out of this world, Frank! Simply amazing!

    Rowlett, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings


  • Ross in VenturaRoss in Ventura Posts: 7,233
    Thats a fine looking chicken Frank, tasty too

  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,674
    :woohoo: Wow, Frank. I just watched that video. He did that in under 11 minutes. I think it would take me 30-45 minutes to do that, if I didn't screw it up altogether. Your bird looks even more impressive now that I saw that technique.

    Rowlett, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings


  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,907
    Wow, 1/3rd of a turducken. Impressive knife skills. Everything looks good, especially the chicken and the lollipops.
    Large, small and mini now Egging in Rowlett Tx
  • 1 skewer :woohoo:

    any pics of the underside before cooking???

    looks like a fun time playing with your food B)
  • Austin SmokerAustin Smoker Posts: 1,467
    I have always admired the color you get with cane.....would love to try it sometime. What does it do flavor-wise?
  • neaux pics of underside :( sorry DOW

    Geaux check on the butts on your medium B)
  • The smoke is real mild which is preferred on chickies
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