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PatioDaddio
06-26-2009, 01:28 PM
I turned in Cornish game hens for my chicken turn-in at a competition last weekend and had good results (7th of 28 -- 162.2860).

I cooked them spatchcocked, and carved them into breasts and leg quarters just before they hit the box. My box had four breasts and four leg quarters. Sorry, but my picture came out horrible, but I'll see if I can fix it.

I am curious as to who else has tried this and what you think of it.

Thanks,
John

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
06-26-2009, 02:19 PM
I actually wanted to try it, I was gonna do 6 halves. box isnt big enough. got to give you some credit for thinking outside the thigh..

PatioDaddio
06-26-2009, 02:29 PM
I actually wanted to try it, I was gonna do 6 halves. box isnt big enough.Ditto. I didn't practice it before showing up to the comp with four hens. It quickly became painfully obvious that six halves were not gonna work. I was committed at that point, so I went with the breasts and quarters.

John

Stoke&Smoke
06-26-2009, 03:27 PM
We've considered trying them as well. Sure would like to see that box!:icon_blush:

Just Pulin' Pork
06-26-2009, 04:21 PM
Ditto. I didn't practice it before showing up to the comp with four hens. It quickly became painfully obvious that six halves were not gonna work. I was committed at that point, so I went with the breasts and quarters.

John

John wow that takes stones to try something like that at a competiton but have to give you credit for trying. Well done! You my friend may have started a new trend! Way to go!

Scottie
06-26-2009, 04:25 PM
I've known some top teams that have tried these and also leg quarters... They did not fair so well. I think the judges got cold feet and bombed them.. just because it was away from the norm...

Bbq Bubba
06-26-2009, 04:46 PM
I've known some top teams that have tried these and also leg quarters... They did not fair so well. I think the judges got cold feet and bombed them.. just because it was away from the norm...

And that is what makes the judging so sad these days......

God forbid if someone tries to use a little imagination. :sad:

I'm judging my first contest tomorrow and am going in with an OPEN mind!

I think Theresa's turning in chicken salad. :twisted:

So sorry to get off track.

Stoke&Smoke
06-26-2009, 04:47 PM
guy next to us at Elk Grove in 08 did them. He actually tried to jam 6 half hens in a box - didn't work so well.

J Appledog
06-26-2009, 04:52 PM
As I just said on another forum, I judged some at Lakeland a few years ago. They were beautiful, cooked to perfection and very tasty and I awarded them high scores in those categories. I had to score them down on texture because I got a mouthful of tiny bones with each little bite, which was too bad.

I only cook 2 or 3 contests a year and turn in wings, so I'm sure not the person to be giving you advice. As a judge I don't care what chicken part comes to my plate. I judge it for its own merit. Personally, I'm sick of rubbery buttery thighs and look forward to seeing something a little different. Something that tastes like chicken!

PatioDaddio
06-26-2009, 04:58 PM
I've known some top teams that have tried these and also leg quarters... They did not fair so well. I think the judges got cold feet and bombed them.. just because it was away from the norm...That's what I was afraid of, Scottie. Fortunately, the Snowbird judges were very fair.

John

PatioDaddio
06-26-2009, 05:00 PM
John wow that takes stones to try something like that at a competiton but have to give you credit for trying. Well done! You my friend may have started a new trend! Way to go!Thanks, but I think it was more crazy than courageous. :-D

John

Just Pulin' Pork
06-26-2009, 05:38 PM
Thanks, but I think it was more crazy than courageous. :-D

John


Hey it worked! :-D

Rookie'48
06-26-2009, 11:56 PM
I think the judges got cold feet and bombed them.. just because it was away from the norm...

As a judge I don't care what chicken part comes to my plate. I judge it for its own merit. Personally, I'm sick of rubbery buttery thighs and look forward to seeing something a little different. Something that tastes like chicken!

Personally, I agree with Julie :-D, although there are a lot of (too many) judges that fall under Scottie's observation :sad:.

A few times I've seen, and enjoyed, a box that had Cornish hind quarters, chicky or Cornish boobs, drummies, even wings. I try to go by how the cook presented what he cooked. To me - gimme something new, something different, something that makes me say "WOW" - not the same old, same old. But then, that's just me :rolleyes:.

PatioDaddio
06-27-2009, 12:03 AM
Well, I doctored the craptastic picture as best I could and here it is. That's what I get for not taking the good camera on the road.

The breasts are on the right and leg quarters on the left. I had 90 seconds left to turn it in, so the foremost leg is pointing the opposite way of the others (bone up -- not down). I hated doing it, but it was time to go.

I hit the table at 12:04:04.

http://www.patiodaddiobbq.com/images/food/competition/2009_Snowbird_Chicken_2.jpg

John

frankenswine
06-27-2009, 01:17 AM
Nice job on the hens...Wish they had came accross my table..

PatioDaddio
06-27-2009, 01:25 AM
Thanks Doug. They came from my table and I didn't even taste them. :shock: :-D

John

The_Kapn
06-29-2009, 05:50 PM
We did Cornish leg quarters one time.
Earned our only DAL ever! :oops:

In all fairness, they were not really that well done---but DAL?

My hat is off to anyone who can get them to work for them.

TIM

sampson
07-01-2009, 11:03 AM
Hey John, I think they look great... I heard that you had done them and was hoping to get a chance to see them. I turned in what I had thought was one of my best chick entries ever and ended up well below where you did... All Frankenwines fault I'm sure:lol:

ammoore
07-01-2009, 12:04 PM
And that is what makes the judging so sad these days......

God forbid if someone tries to use a little imagination. :sad:


I couldn't agree more.
I refused to cook thighs for almost 3 years. For almost 3 years I finished in the bottom of the pack in chicken. As soon as I switched to thighs things got a lot better.

On the upside, this time a little imagination got a pretty good score.
I think the box looked great.
Perhaps you can start the great chicken revolution of 2009

PatioDaddio
07-01-2009, 01:48 PM
Thanks for the encouragement. I think I'll try them again to see if the Snowbird results were a fluke.

I found them a ton easier to prep than thighs. I spent maybe a minute per bird. Oh, and the skin was a dream to crisp up.

So, in summary...


They are easier to transport and size (each is self-contained and frozen solid)
They are dream to prep
They cook faster
The skin is easy to crisp
My scores went up

What's not to like?

On the down side...


They require post-cook carving (they were cooked as halves)
They are harder to make look nice in the box.
With four leg quarters and four breasts, you run the risk of two judges getting white or dark meat when they prefer the other.


John