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Crispy Skin Chicken

kent8888 Posts: 16
I had good luck yesterday with crisp skin and very tender moist meat. I believe the key to the crisp skin was a very long uncovered refrigeration. I washed and dried the chicken the day before and gave it about 24 hours in the refrigerator. 2 hours before cooking I coated it with olive oil and BGE Zentsational rub. The rub has a nice combination ginger, sesame and other spices. 
We were very happy with the result, even though my cooking technique left a lot to be desired. Although, I thought the temp was stable at 350, when the bird went in I had a drop to a grill temp of 270. Most of the 1 hour 20 minute cooking was with a slowly rising temperature, finally getting to a grill temp of 410 and internal breast of 165. 
I guess you have to cook with the temperature you have not the one you planned for.

Sacramento, California


  • johnmitchell
    johnmitchell Posts: 6,419
    That is one fine looking bird..Great post
    Greensboro North Carolina
    When in doubt Accelerate....
  • mlc2013
    mlc2013 Posts: 988
    however you did it you got there looks just fine
    Long Island NY    
    1 XL BGE 12/17, 1 LG BGE 3/18, 1 MM BGE 3/18
  • Griffin
    Griffin Posts: 8,200
    You're going to get a drop in temperature when you add meat, especially if its cold coming out of the fridge. Don't fight it, just let the Egg do its thing. If I have it stabilized before adding meat, I don't even look at the thermometer after I add. 350 works for chicken, but don't be scared to bump it up and cook it faster. I generally go 400 at least with my chicken, but then again I use an adjustable rig and cook it raised direct above the felt level.

    Rowlett, Texas

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  • wardo
    wardo Posts: 398
    @kent8888 nicely done on the bird.  I think you're right on with the "dry aging" of the bird.  I've read a lot of posts here suggesting that and I've been having good success with that as well!
    NC - LBGE
  • kent8888
    kent8888 Posts: 16
    Thanks to all for the encouragement and good advice.
    Sacramento, California