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So what am I doing wrong?

Did a large whole chicken tonight using a porcelain "beer can."  Did a rub, basted, etc.  Set up the egg with a plate setter, drip pan and temp (per my dual probe Maverick) at around 375-380 at grate and probably 325-350 on the dome thermometer.

I put the food probe vertically in the thickest part of the breast.  Cook to 155 and pull to rest.  Carve at around 165.  The breasts are perfect, but the legs and thighs are undercooked.  Probably by 20+ degrees.  Very pink, despite one leg having meet pull away from the bone.

With the breast being the meatiest part, I'm not sure what to do other than go by the thighs...and risk overcooking the rest of it.

So...what am I doing wrong?


  • XLentEGGXLentEGG Posts: 433
    I always go by the thigh, and I go to 160*. Even though the bird looks over cooked by the time it is done, under the skin lies nothing but juicy meat. I use a ps , 350 dome and the bird impaled (sp) on a turkey stand to get it high in the dome.
    More meat please !! :-)
  • Little Steven does his inverted, gets the legs higher in the dome, more heat. Try it.
    My son does them that way on his gasser and it works well. 
    I cut my chickens into 6 pieces, 2 breast, 2 leg/thighs and two wings. Legs/thighs go on indirect at 400 first, 5 min later the breasts and 5 minutes later the wings. Lots of rub on everything, more surface to cover and smoke and it is almost already carved. Stumbled onto this trying to fit three spatchcocked birds on my medium BGE. 
    Delta B.C. - Move over coffee, this is job for alcohol!
  • jfm0830jfm0830 Posts: 987
    Bird high (in the dome) and (measured) in the thigh.
    3 LBGE & More Eggcessories than I care to think about.
  • Cook to temp in the leg/thigh. Breast will still be fine.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,763
    Another option-let the chix warm a little then ice the breasts for around 20 minutes before cooking.  That way they are cooler and everything gets to the finish temp (160 breast/180+ in the legs) at around the same time.  YMMV-
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • +1on the ice, I always use that and works well the thighs and breast get to temp at the same time. I ice for about 30 mins.
  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,707
    Try cooking a Spatchcock chicken.  It seems to cook the breast and thighs correctly and they are done at the same time.
    Large BGE
    Barry, Lancaster, PA
  • sticks88sticks88 Posts: 94

    Could the leg be pink from the smoke?

    XL BGE and Pellet smoker

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