View Full Version : Best Part of Chicken to Smoke (For Enchiladas, Tacos)?

08-23-2011, 11:05 AM
Title says it all. Going to buy some chicken today, not a whole one, and smoke it for some enchiladas (or tacos, IDK yet) tomorrow. Thighs, breasts? Thanks

08-23-2011, 11:26 AM
Leg quarters. My favorite. You can usually find them on sale for cheap too.

08-23-2011, 11:26 AM
Smoke the whole chicken...


08-23-2011, 11:27 AM
+1 on the whole bird. However, leg quarters are a great option as well.

08-23-2011, 12:07 PM
Leg quarters!

08-23-2011, 12:22 PM
Hmmm.. never seen those. I'll look at the market.

08-23-2011, 12:26 PM
I'd go with whatever is on sale :-D I've used both white and dark meat and they both come out fine.

08-23-2011, 12:29 PM
Pork Butt?


08-23-2011, 01:41 PM
thighs is my preference, whole bird is more economical, I generally go with thighs

08-23-2011, 02:21 PM
Go for both dark and white meat and see how they compare. I personally like white meat if it's not too dry.

08-23-2011, 02:37 PM
I generally use thighs. They're cheap and still retain their own flavor in the sauce.

08-23-2011, 02:46 PM
I have a preference for thighs, but I will buy whatever chicken seems to be the best deal. Thighs are really easy to smoke and easy to pick the meat off of too.

08-23-2011, 02:59 PM
Cut up whole chickens, freeze the breasts for another use, fry up the wings while you're smoking the leg quarters, and use the backs and breastbones for stock. Home made stock is what your enchilada sauce and tamale dough needs.

chomper's bbq
08-23-2011, 03:05 PM
I'd go for beer can chicken. mmm mmm good

08-23-2011, 04:01 PM
Has anyone said leg quarters yet? :)

Jason TQ
08-23-2011, 04:39 PM
Has anyone said leg quarters yet? :)

I didn't see any. Maybe i can get there first :-P. Do leg quarters! Was I first??

Whole chicken is good too, but around me whole chickens are between $.79-$.99/lb and there are always 10lb leg quarter bags between $.49-$.69/lb. Much cheaper and I think the dark meat makes better leftovers.

08-23-2011, 04:43 PM
thighs, brined and rub with your favorite rub and then smoke with some sort of citrus wood and the pulled apart for Tacos or Enchiladas, moist, good flavor. Your a hero!

08-23-2011, 06:04 PM
+1 on the whole bird. However, leg quarters are a great option as well.


Whole chickens are SOOOOO cheap and awful easy! I do them whole all the time, cool and pull the meat off the bone.

08-23-2011, 08:08 PM
I like breast meat for those kinds of things. Brine them, pat dry, coat thinly with EVOO or canola and dust with a good rub. Smoke until just done, let them rest and cube them up.

08-23-2011, 08:21 PM
Purchased 3 pounds of thighs today at 99 cents a pound. No leg quarters fresh at the local market, I'll explore supermarket next time I'm there. I'll brine them tonight with some chili powder and cumin.

Got a question, though. Why don't people use some vinegar in their brines? It's used so much in dips and sauces, why not in a brine with salt and water?

Bbq Bubba
08-23-2011, 08:22 PM
Gizzards make great tacos!

08-23-2011, 08:23 PM
White meat if you know how to cook and don't overcook it.

Dark meat is more forgiving for those that overcook their chicken.

If you don't overcook white meat it is very juicy, however most people
have issues with over doing it.

08-23-2011, 09:07 PM
Into a marinade of water, sea salt, black pepper, chili powder, a pinch of cayenne, and some brown sugar with some cider vinegar and a touch of lemon juice. Sounds good?

We'll see them in fifteen hours and I'll keep you fed with photos as I go. Hopefully I don't fail

08-23-2011, 09:12 PM
Another vote for thighs. Very forgiving and tasty.

Crazy Harry
08-23-2011, 09:14 PM
The best part of the chicken to smoke is the part between the bone and the feathers:becky:

Ground Pounder
08-24-2011, 10:56 PM
Are you adding vinegar for flavor? If so, a small amount will work. Too much and you'll be pickling your bird.