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Saulnier
02-01-2009, 04:10 PM
So how do ya'll do a whole chicken for a cook-off? I ususally brine for 8-12 hours and then cook on a UDS using the beer can method. Mine are done in about 3 hours. I have been measuring temps of 250* from the side of the barrel but have recently found that the temp measured through the lid to the center of the cooking grill is about 100* hotter. I rotate the chicken once during the cook. I have seen some that "spatchcock" or butterfly and cook while laying flat. We have a stainless steel numbered tag that I usually place it around the backbone. Nothing can be done to the bird until after the tag is inserted and then you have from Thursday afternoon untill saturday at noon to prep and cook.

ov1
02-01-2009, 04:27 PM
How do you cut up the cooked bird without makeing a mess of it?

Saulnier
02-01-2009, 05:49 PM
I filet a breast off of the whole bird. Slice the breast and place it in the foam box with the slices alinged as a whole breast again. I cut a thigh off and make cuts along the meaty side leaving the skin on. I place the "preferated" thigh in the foam box.
I cut off a leg leaving the skin on and make cuts around the leg and down oposite sides of the leg. I place the carved leg in the foam box.
When a judge opens the box the see a breast, a thigh, and a leg. All of the meat in the box is silced so that a judge can remove a slice of breast, thigh, or leg. It takes me about 10 minutes to carve these 3 pieces.
I might try one cooked flat. I might also try bringing for 10-12 hours and then letting the bird sit in the refrigerator for another 10 hours uncovered so that the skin will dry out and crisp up. I would assume at a cook-off that you would want to turn in more of a smoked chicken than a grilled chicken.

Meat Burner
02-01-2009, 06:00 PM
That's interesting. Pics would be a tremendous help!! hint hint.

Rodsboots
02-01-2009, 07:43 PM
I would like to see that as well

thillin
02-01-2009, 08:27 PM
What type of comps? IBCA and Lonestar, you have to turn in fully jointed 1/2 bird.

Saulnier
02-02-2009, 08:11 AM
What type of comps? IBCA and Lonestar, you have to turn in fully jointed 1/2 bird.

It is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo"World's Championship Bar-B-Que contest"It is not sanctioned by any organization.The format is close to IBCA from what I can see.We do not have to turn in a fully jointed 1/2 bird.We can turn in the bird in any shape way as long as there is no garnish in the foam box. You can not sauce or mop the bird after you cut it. A contestant supervisor will be present to verify that it is the piece of meat that they taged and to watch you carve the meat.Just wondering how ya'll do your birds.

Scottie
02-02-2009, 08:37 AM
When I cooked it, I asked that question. You will have to verify with your sponsor/supervisor on that. They wanted half birds when I cooked Houston 2 years ago. I thought I found a kink in the armour.... But it wasn't and I got smoked.

Awesome contest!!!

thillin
02-02-2009, 09:11 AM
Just wondering how ya'll do your birds.

Basic for us. Brine chicken halves overnight and try not to dry out the breast while getting the leg and thigh to temp. And yep, no garnish. Just the sheet of foil in the box.

starkey0417
02-02-2009, 06:08 PM
Saulnier, we would really like to see some pic's of how you have sliced that bird up. Sounds very interesting!

Saulnier
02-03-2009, 08:17 AM
As a matter of fact I will be doing a bird on Friday afternoon. I will try to get some pis before the wife and kids get at it.

Saulnier

paydabill
02-03-2009, 08:18 AM
I would love to see some pics of this.

Meat Burner
02-03-2009, 08:53 PM
As a matter of fact I will be doing a bird on Friday afternoon. I will try to get some pis before the wife and kids get at it.

Saulnier

Thanks brother, look forward to seeing what you are doing.

rugbyguytx
02-21-2009, 02:27 PM
same here on those pics.

swamprb
02-22-2009, 01:37 PM
I'd like to see some turn in box pics of cut up whole chicken.
With my first Place finish in an Amateur division comp/cooking class, I used poultry shears and tried to keep as much skin as possible on the pieces and was able to get decent slices of breast meat with the skin. Sadly I have no pics, I was frazzled and was trying to answer questions of a local newsman, and get the box turned in on time. The comp organizers sent me a clipping from the local paper and to me it looked bad.

thillin
02-22-2009, 02:07 PM
The comp organizers sent me a clipping from the local paper and to me it looked bad.

That's cause your head is spinning.:biggrin: