Cooking Chicken at KCBS Contest

I had a great question today:

my problem is chicken I do it just like everyone else in a pan with parkay and broth skin side down. Brine in kosmos chicken soak. Bub-ba-q sauce. Then box. I literally take it off the smoker straight too box. Would I have a better chance with legs? Or do u have any suggestions u can give ? Thanks man. Keep smokin

Here is what I do for KCBS Chicken:

I’ve always turned in thighs. One thing that helped my scored is cranking up the heat. I do chicken at 275-300 until it hits 160, then I glaze. The skin has a better texture at these higher temps. I start them skin up in a pan w/ margarine and then go to the grate skin down for 15-20 min. Then skin up til I hit my target. Finish with your glaze and it will be bite through every time.

The hardest part is properly trimming and scrapping the skin. It takes a while to get it down, but it’s worth the effort.

1st Place Chicken - 2012 Variety Club KCBS

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  2. Hello Mr. Reed
    I am very pleased with your selection of rubs and BBQ sauces. My favorite is The BBQ Rub, Butcher BBQ Stake and Brisket rub, and most recently Smokin Guns Hot Rub. Looking forward to trying more of your products in the very near future.

    I have one question about doing up chicken thighs. Should I scrape the fat off the underside of the skin before I brine or after?

    Thank you,
    Jesse Orona

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      Hey Jesse – I would only scrape the fat from the skin for competitions. If you are cooking at home, there is no need (and it’s a nasty job too).

      But if you are doing it for contests, I would suggest scraping the fat before you brine.

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