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Hozman
01-19-2012, 11:14 AM
Chicken by far is my weakest link. Going to do a couple local comps this summer and need to start making my chicken better. Been doing a lot of reading on here and looking at pics. Was curious to how many leave the thigh bone vs. how many de-bone their thighs

bover
01-19-2012, 11:40 AM
As a judge, I could care less which one comes across the table. As a competitor, we do boneless because we seem to get more consistent results with our cooking process. Chicken is cheap. I'd recommend practicing a lot both ways and see what works best for you and your team.

tmcmaster
01-19-2012, 02:26 PM
I have found that bone it cooks a little better for me. It also tastes much better, and allows for a more consistant appearence.

boogiesnap
01-19-2012, 03:54 PM
I have found that bone it cooks a little better for me. It also tastes much better, and allows for a more consistant appearence.

bone what? in or out. :becky:

Pelkster
01-19-2012, 05:00 PM
I've got a 10th place call boneless and a 5th place bone in. For me, it all depends on how ambitious I feel when trimming the chicken before a competition. I don't change my cook times at all either way, and it's been pretty consistent.

Mister Bob
01-19-2012, 11:23 PM
I think the thighs stay a little moister with the bone in. But it could be my imagination...

Gore
01-19-2012, 11:34 PM
I think the thighs stay a little moister with the bone in. But it could be my imagination...

I'd definitely agree with you there, but the moistness also depends strongly on the amount of prep that goes into it. If there is no prep beforehand, you may have to deal with dryness and that can be no fun at all.

boogiesnap
01-20-2012, 08:05 AM
I'd definitely agree with you there, but the moistness also depends strongly on the amount of prep that goes into it. If there is no prep beforehand, you may have to deal with dryness and that can be no fun at all.

:shock::shock::shock::tape:

Big George's BBQ
01-20-2012, 09:13 AM
I prefer bone in

kurtsara
01-20-2012, 09:45 AM
I prefer bone in, I don't think boneless or chicken that has been in muffin pans looks as good, in my opinion chicken thighs should not all look identical.

BC Squared
01-20-2012, 11:10 AM
^^^^^yet, if they don't look all the same, your appearance score will reflect....so now what!

Gore
01-20-2012, 11:36 AM
With bone in, the last thing on my mind is whether one thigh looks bigger than another.

bigabyte
01-20-2012, 11:52 AM
I'm more of a breast man myself.

Gore
01-20-2012, 12:01 PM
I think if you're worrying too much about appearance with bone in, you're probably going to end up with bone out.

boogiesnap
01-20-2012, 12:08 PM
it all looks good once it's in the clam anyway.

however, i debone for a number of reasons.
1) consistency. each thigh is exactly the same and will cook likewise.
2) the "vein" is removed and any doubt of undercooking
3) no chance of bone fragments(if trimming the knuckle)
4) skin can wrap around entire peice and avoid the "hairpeice" look.

bigabyte
01-20-2012, 12:31 PM
it all looks good once it's in the clam anyway.
:shock::shock::shock::shock::tape:

boogiesnap
01-20-2012, 07:58 PM
If I think about it, a better question may be:

I have won a GC or top 5 in chicken with bone.

I have won a GC or top 5 in chicken without bone.

I have done both.

Curly Tails
01-20-2012, 08:08 PM
Bone In, done it both ways and bone in produces a better higher scoring product for us .

Gore
01-20-2012, 08:55 PM
Bone In, done it both ways and bone in produces a better higher scoring product for us .

I'd have to agree with that:

bone-in = scoring :thumb:

boogiesnap
01-20-2012, 11:21 PM
bone in, bone out, bone in, bone out= scoring as well. IMHO.

Jacked UP BBQ
01-21-2012, 12:33 AM
Bone in, and bh = win

Capn Kev
01-21-2012, 11:02 AM
I've done both. Bone-in works for me. Plus we turned in sliced breast with our thighs last season. Out of 12 comps, we had a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th.

This season, I'm going back to bone-in thighs only. Easier to manage one item than two.

Smokin' Bad Habit
01-22-2012, 10:25 AM
im really suprised at how many people go bone in....