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martyleach 01-21-2013 12:25 AM

Cluck off!! Backyard show down
They had whole chickens on sale today for 2 for the price of one. So, got two of them for $8.60. Not bad.

Brined them for about 4 hours then rubbed one with Plowboys bovine bold and the other with Smokin' Guns hot.

Put one on the Large egg at 300 with cherry smoke and Wicked Good Lump and the other on the Hasty-Bake at 350 (preferred temp for the HB)with Kingsford Blue. Here they are cooking.

The egg

The Hasty-Bake

Very interesting that the Egg chicken was done about 10 minutes before the HB despite being 50 degrees below the HB's grate temp. I am sure it is the dome and the insulation...

Here are the final products. They were both really good. Moist and juicy with some nice skin. The Egg, however gave a really nice subtle smoky flavor lacking in the HB despite putting a couple little pieces of cherry in the KB.



They were both really good and hard for me to declare a victor... however, the subtle smoke flavor delivered on the egg won it for me!! Egg wins!!

Smoothsmoke 01-21-2013 12:26 AM

Birds look great! Great color on both. Where was this sale at?

martyleach 01-21-2013 12:32 AM


Originally Posted by Smoothsmoke (Post 2335888)
Birds look great! Great color on both. Where was this sale at?

That was Raley's/Knob Hill Foods. You don't have them around there. I will be in Monterey on Wednesday. Wanna get lunch somewhere??

IamMadMan 01-21-2013 07:04 AM

Nice birds, thanks for sharing...

DubfromGA 01-21-2013 07:27 AM

Very similar cook as what I did yesterday.

I have to get my hands on some Plowboy's rubs....soon. My local spot is out.

I did a comparison cook recently, too. I did indirect on my offset & my kamado.

Kamado bird was ready sooner and evenly cooked with no effort. Offset required me to reposition once to even out the thigh temps.....and spritz with apple juice.

The kamado "zero effort" bird exploded with juices from the breast.

Oldbob 01-21-2013 07:39 AM

Both Birds Look fine to Me....Great Job !!

landarc 01-21-2013 12:05 PM

Nice chickens Marty, interesting comparison.

Militant83 01-21-2013 12:47 PM

Good looking yardbird either way

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Phubar 01-21-2013 01:13 PM

Nice birdies Marty!

fingerlickin' 01-21-2013 01:36 PM

Nice birds Marty! :thumb:

gtr 01-21-2013 02:36 PM

Do you think the difference was the cookers or the fuel? I'm wondering if the WG got more smoke flavor going even though you used chunks with the KB. I haven't seen a Hasty Bake in action, but I'm guessing the egg is a more sealed environment so maybe it could be the cooker. :noidea:

At any rate, they both look absolutely hittable! :hungry:

tish 01-21-2013 02:42 PM

Looking good, Marty! Love cooking on any kamado style cooker. I made one yesterday, too, and used the PB Yardbird. It was moist, and delicious. Harvard went nuts for it. Good eating, for sure! :thumb:

mbshop 01-21-2013 04:32 PM

thems some great lookin eats ! never mind how they were cooked.

N8man 01-21-2013 05:01 PM

Oh, Yeah!!!! YardBirdies Rock!!!!

1911Ron 01-21-2013 05:08 PM

Thanks for the side by side comparison, they both look good!

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