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Mauricio 10-05-2012 05:23 PM

Chicken thighs tendons not rendering
Hey guys, I have one question:

I cook the chicken thighs and leg quarters on the UDS at 300F degrees until they are around 160F internal and they came out very moist, but at this temp all the tendons and ligaments have not melted yet.
Should I start pulling out the tendons that will not render down? I end up pulling out the chicken from the bones because I don't want someone to think that the chicken is undercooked because the tendons are still there, any hints?

Cheers to all!
have a great weekend

Dave Russell 10-05-2012 07:56 PM

Simply cook longer. If you're afraid of them drying out, brine or cook in pans. I'm bad about pulling them too soon, myself.

martyleach 10-05-2012 08:42 PM

I cook them to 170. They are plenty fatty to keep from drying out.

Jaybo77 10-05-2012 08:47 PM

I cook dark meat to 175. And white meat to 160

El Ropo 10-05-2012 09:06 PM

I cook dark meat to 180-185, sometimes higher for leg quarters. There is so much fat in dark meat, it helps to get it all rendered out. You might want to bump up the heat closer to 350 for better skin and fat rendering on the dark stuff.

Mauricio 10-06-2012 12:22 AM

Thanks so much for your advises. I'm going to try again tomorrow with a higher temp and until they pass 175F. yes, they have plenty of fat, the last ones came out dripping a lot of it. and yeah I brine them before.
Thanks again, you guys rock

Scubadoo97 10-06-2012 08:17 AM

I'm in the 180 camp for dark meat. Always tender and juicy

El Ropo 10-06-2012 08:25 AM

Forgot to mention I like to trim as much outside fat off of the dark meat as I can. Recently, the leg quarters I've been getting have a LOT of fat that can be trimmed off before the brine, or any prep work.

The Halal quarters I recently got were like a packer brisket I had to trim so much off. :shocked: Had a huge pile of the stuff. Those chix must have been real happy.

ccarter 10-06-2012 09:36 AM

Trimming them up a bit is helpful, am definitely let them go longer. Breast meat gets dried out quickly above 165, but that dark meat can go much longer. If I weren't replying from my cell phone right now I could find the temps for you... Head over to to find the table. Those tendons and ligaments need higher temps and more time to tender. Leg quarters are my favorite thing to cook by far. I take mine to 189, but in willing to pull them at 185. Below that and they just don have that wonderful "pulls easily by hand" characteristic. Being able to take them to a higher temp and having a wider window is a major factor in the reasoning for using thighs in competition.

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columbia1 10-06-2012 11:00 AM

^^^^Same as ccarter^^^^

he nailed it!!

Barbarian BBQ 10-06-2012 11:07 AM

You should definitely cook any poultry to 165*F at a minimum, to kill salmonella.

Q-Dat 10-06-2012 12:10 PM

I cook dark meat til it almost falls off the bone.......and now I want some leg quarters....

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