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Had a problem with my cook tonight

Eller Posts: 56
edited August 2012 in Poultry

I lit a fire in my egg with RO  lump and got the temperature to 400 degrees. I let the the temp stabilize for about 30 minutes to burn off any first smoke nastys. Then I put 4 boneless chicken thighs on a closed the lid and cooked for 10 minutes. Turned them over and cooked for another 10 minutes. Sauced them with John Henry's. Carmelized sauce for 2 minutes and removed.

My problem is the last part of the cook the smoke began to smell kind of like soot. The chicken tasted a bit like soot also. Please chime in and give me some advice.




  • lousubcap
    lousubcap Posts: 32,364

    Direct or indirect cook-if direct and not raised grid the chicken fat was buring on the lump, not that it wouldn't anyhow but raised grid gives you more separation.  Indirect-same can happen if no "air gapped" drip pan.  By air gapped I mean to make sure there is a space between the pan and whatever is holding it.  Some use BGE feet, balled up foil, washers, coins-etc you get the idea.  FWIW-

    Louisville; Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!  Seems I'm livin in a transitional period.
  • SteveWPBFL
    SteveWPBFL Posts: 1,327
    Agree with lou.
  • Skiddymarker
    Skiddymarker Posts: 8,522
    To separate the drip pan from the setter in an indirect cook I use a small stainless rack, about 9"X9". Picked it up at local dollar store. Big difference in burning, or lack of burning the drippings. 
    Delta B.C. - Whiskey and steak, because no good story ever started with someone having a salad!
  • BRush00
    BRush00 Posts: 367
    Yup - burnt chicken grease is the likely culprit.

    To separate my plate setter from my drip pan, I use 3 or 4 small tinfoil balls, roll em up about the size of a marble, put them down on your plate setter and put your drip pan on them, works very well.
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