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Old 04-26-2014, 02:14 AM   #1
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OK gang, getting my timing going. I run around 250 on my insulated stick burner. My pork shoulders have been on for a bit... as I've not done whole chicken that often I'm trying to figure out roughly how long you think they will take to cook running @ 250...

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Old 04-26-2014, 04:32 AM   #2
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I usually do mine hotter than that (325-350), so I'm COMPLETELY guessing, but I'd say 3 hours maybe? I know when I've had to do a lot of birds at once that if I have to really pack em in tight they took longer due to lack of heat and smoke between them. You have plenty of room to spread em out?

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Old 04-26-2014, 05:31 AM   #3
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Yup ... plenty of space. Thanks.
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been awhile since I had my offset, but I did lots of chicken and I figured about 4 hours @225. So 3-3.5 would be my guess, maybe pushing 4 with a pretty loaded pit
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I am with Wampus.. I run my whole chickens a lot hotter. At 250 IMO you're easily pushing towards the 4 hour mark
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:19 AM   #6
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I did 10 whole 3-3.25 lbs birds last weekend at 275. I pulled them at 3 hours and they were perfect.

ETA: I should probably note that mine were actually split into halves so that may have an impact on cook time.
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Old 04-26-2014, 06:47 PM   #7
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agree with heel ...if you can roll em at 275. 3 hours will take care of a normal 3 1/2 to 4 lb bird. At 250 add an extra 30 to 45 minutes but I will caution you the skin will come out pretty rubbery but the meat will be great. if you got some of those 6 lb heavy injected with nitrates turkey sized chickens could take as long as 5 hours.
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:56 AM   #8
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Cook went great! We average 350ish ... wind was a bit much in Texas Saturday so there were a few points where it hit as high as 375. Originally were were going to do 20 chickens but that number dropped to 16. 4 of the chickens they provided were questionable, they had got them from a different store and had a funky smell. Meat date was OK but the smell just bugged me, so they came and got those 4 and took them back for a refund.

Over all was a great cook ... just over 2-2.5 hours.
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