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Fwismoker
10-16-2013, 09:56 PM
color compared to my mini's chicken color.

Here is a couple of the mini's. The mini's are way way darker and have a different texture. It's the mini's small cooking chamber , it really concentrates the smoke on the bird. Taste wise i'm leaning toward the mini still but it's amazing to me the difference in appearance.

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/P1010449_zps4955c53e.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/P1010449_zps4955c53e.jpg.html)

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/P1010468_zps6747ad93.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/P1010468_zps6747ad93.jpg.html)


Ok here's tonights Jimmy's bird. Lighter in color, slightly crisper...even though temps are the same. 325-350 The Jimmy's is more of a traditional color people are used to seeing. Both birds are extremely juicy... No brining


http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/P1010561_zps75009848.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/P1010561_zps75009848.jpg.html)

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/P1010563_zps8ec18551.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/P1010563_zps8ec18551.jpg.html)

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/P1010565_zps92ed2dca.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/P1010565_zps92ed2dca.jpg.html)

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/P1010566_zps64b6e628.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/P1010566_zps64b6e628.jpg.html)

nucornhusker
10-16-2013, 10:00 PM
It looks to me like you had bad smoke in your mini. That looks like a lot of creosote built up on the bird.

The other bird looks great.

buccaneer
10-16-2013, 10:02 PM
From a health point, that darker carbon colored chicken is plain scary.
The other chicken looks beautiful.
JMO

Fwismoker
10-16-2013, 10:04 PM
It looks to me like you had bad smoke in your mini. That looks like a lot of creosote built up on the bird.

The other bird looks great. No trust me i didn't have any creosote build up...the darker pic was actually a little lighter in color than the camera picked up and i cooked that one at 400 for a while.

Never the less i've cooked dozens and dozens and dozens in my mini and they are the best i have ever had. The color is always darker though...i use no water pan diffuser, it all goes to the coals.

landarc
10-16-2013, 10:04 PM
I think this comes down to air flow of the smoker, if there was no bitter taste to the skin, I would suspect that the mini has less room for smooth airflow and perhaps, the smaller volume leads to less good flow.

c farmer
10-16-2013, 10:04 PM
Aw man. I love the jimmy's bird.

Can't make up my mine with one is next. Lol. :-?

Fwismoker
10-16-2013, 10:09 PM
I think this comes down to air flow of the smoker, if there was no bitter taste to the skin, I would suspect that the mini has less room for smooth airflow and perhaps, the smaller volume leads to less good flow. Yea that's it..the small chamber concentrates it so to speak. Like i said the mini's birds are the best i've ever...like incredible tasting good.

dport7
10-16-2013, 10:10 PM
I find I get a darker color if I close the chimney damper to much. On my
old school oklahoma joe I'm finding it better to leave the damper open and
let it breath, I control the temp from the air damper in the fire box.

But if the taste is great, leave it as is!

Hope this helps

Fwismoker
10-16-2013, 10:13 PM
I find I get a darker color if I close the chimney damper to much. On my
old school oklahoma joe I'm finding it better to leave the damper open and
let it breath, I control the temp from the air damper in the fire box.

But if the taste is great, leave it as is!

Hope this helps
No No i have NO problem..lol Just sharing the difference in color from a small cooking chamber to a larger one. .. my exhaust
is ALWAYS fully open.

landarc
10-16-2013, 10:35 PM
Yea that's it..the small chamber concentrates it so to speak. Like i said the mini's birds are the best i've ever...like incredible tasting good.
Yep, I saw that and would suggest not changing a thing if they are that good. Man, there is nothing better than a BBQ chicken if you can get it right. But, type of cooker makes such a difference in finished product, I think it gets over-looked.

It won't make you a better cook, but, it sure gives you options.

Fwismoker
10-16-2013, 11:38 PM
Yep, I saw that and would suggest not changing a thing if they are that good. Man, there is nothing better than a BBQ chicken if you can get it right. But, type of cooker makes such a difference in finished product, I think it gets over-looked.

It won't make you a better cook, but, it sure gives you options. The chickens i cook are Tysons and they are very fatty birds (yellow) and the small cooking chamber really traps it...that's a big contributor as to darkness and flavor.

sliding_billy
10-17-2013, 04:21 AM
I would eat either one. I like the dark color, but the fact that the skin is crispier on the light one sells me on that one.

MeatCandy
10-17-2013, 11:06 AM
+1 Jimmy's..

I would have to take the skin off the Mini bird before serving...

charrederhead
10-17-2013, 11:49 AM
Personally prefer the Jimmy look. M-m-m-m!

Fwismoker
10-17-2013, 12:27 PM
Personally prefer the Jimmy look. M-m-m-m!
That does have traditional look but i guarantee you taste wise the mini puts out the best taste. This is the look of most the come out of the mini wsm...cooked at about 350.

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee407/Amerivet/P1010449_zps4955c53e.jpg (http://s1226.photobucket.com/user/Amerivet/media/P1010449_zps4955c53e.jpg.html)

The mini traps the oils more and from these fatty birds gives some incredible flavor. It might not be the healthiest but OMG it makes for good eating...not saying the bigger cooking chambers bird wasn't good because it was but there is a noticeable difference. If you've had "port a pit" chicken that's more how my mini's are. Port-A-Pit is only in Indiana and Michigan i believe but that's the closest comparison.

charrederhead
10-17-2013, 03:16 PM
Interesting. If I ever get around to making a mini, I'll give it a whirl.

Bludawg
10-17-2013, 03:32 PM
The darkness is because of the reflective heat form the rack being so close to the lid and the smoke building up mixing with the grease depositing on the bird before it can exit.

dano
10-17-2013, 04:02 PM
Yup...need a cleaner fire....The other one looks great though.

Diesel Dave
10-17-2013, 04:24 PM
Dang good lookin birds.
I like the color of the second one, but if the first is as good as "port a pits", you got it going on big time my friend :thumb:

Fwismoker
10-17-2013, 05:48 PM
The darkness is because of the reflective heat form the rack being so close to the lid and the smoke building up mixing with the grease depositing on the bird before it can exit.Correct

Yup...need a cleaner fire....The other one looks great though.Incorrect on the clean fire...It was "clean" ...Thanks on the other one though.:biggrin1:

Dang good lookin birds.
I like the color of the second one, but if the first is as good as "port a pits", you got it going on big time my friend :thumb: Thanks Mr Dave...that 2nd one was a 400 degree bird, mighty mighty juicy!

So you know of the Port A Pit eh? I thought they were in Meechigan also. Aren't they in like Pennsylvania too?

DownHomeQue
10-17-2013, 05:53 PM
They both look good to me! lol

Diesel Dave
10-17-2013, 06:04 PM
Nope they're not in Michigan that I know of. Had some of their Q in Indiana. I live real close to the border. Angola is only 25 minutes away, that's for distance reference

Fwismoker
10-17-2013, 06:11 PM
Nope they're not in Michigan that I know of. Had some of their Q in Indiana. I live real close to the border. Angola is only 25 minutes away, that's for distance reference

Ah...near the Coldwater area. I could have sworn they were up there. Port-A-PIts.. Where else you can find birds dipped through a buttery dip on every rotation!:hungry:

Diesel Dave
10-17-2013, 06:15 PM
Yeah just east of there. I wish they were, I'm not a big bird fan, but theirs is just awesome for sure :hungry: