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Unread 03-09-2011, 07:10 AM   #1
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Default Best Chicken Cooker

While I have no problem turning out what I consider good quality Ribs, Pork, and Brisket.. I have yet to come up with Chicken that I would consider a good consistent product.
I know some can get fantastic results on pretty much any cooker, I'm looking to make my life easier.
I've built my 2 smokers that I currently use, and am considering building a chicken cooker, but am not sure exactly what I'm looking to achieve.

If some of you wouldn't mind sharing what you prefer to cook chicken on and why, I would greatly appreciate it.
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Unread 03-09-2011, 07:46 AM   #2
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We have found the our Green Mountain Grills pellet cookers do a great job with chicken. We like the ability to jump the temperatures up and down quickly and the results have been great for us. The investment is also very economical too.

Good luck on your search.
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The UDS is a good chicken cooker.
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A chicken cooker? I hate chicken but a dedicated chicken cooker isn't going to help with consistency is it? There are more methods to chicken than any other category. I would hold off spending the time and money with a single purpose cooker until you know what you are looking to achieve.
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Yea.. that's what I'm trying to do here.. determine what I'm looking for in a chicken cooker.
I like cooking my other meats in a slightly moist 225 degree environment, and that doesn't seem to be good for my chicken..
I figure what I'm looking for is a dryer/hotter environment for chix and that can't happen in my main cooker while I'm cooking lower and moister for ribs.
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Unread 03-09-2011, 09:31 AM   #6
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The UDS is a good chicken cooker.
I like the idea of building a UDS anyways.. so I may play with that idea.. I think we have a local supplier of good barrels..
I get some satisfaction out of cooking on something I've built rather than bought as well :)
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Anything you can get up to 300 degrees...
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We have found the our Green Mountain Grills pellet cookers do a great job with chicken. We like the ability to jump the temperatures up and down quickly and the results have been great for us. The investment is also very economical too.

Good luck on your search.
I like what I see for the GMG, but are those legel in competition?
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I like what I see for the GMG, but are those legel in competition?
Absolutely. We have cooked KCBS and FBA exclusively on them for about 25 contests over the last year and have had great results. Great company and top notch customer service!
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I know of a couple of teams who have had good success with the one from Meadow Creek.

My team has had good practice cooks this year with a 22" WSM FWIW.
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I like the small WSM. It allows me to access the chicken and then get back to cooking temps quickly.
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Thanks for the advice folks.. along the lines I thought I might hear... Got another couple of months before I compete this year.. hopefully I'll get something worked out :)
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I am with monty the small wsm makes for good chicken cookers because you can get them really hot with minor modifications.

A small 15 gallon drum would be good too.
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If you have a place on the trailer carrying your home-made smokers, consider adding a large big green egg. Fantastic chicken cooker, and very versatile.

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Backwoods Chubby is our cooker of choice for cooking chicken. Does a great job.
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