View Full Version : I want my chicken to have a better color

12-27-2017, 05:58 AM
I cook my chicken around 300 - 325 on an offset and get a great flavor and texture but the skin just doesn't look as brown and nice as I would like. I really like a simple straightforward flavor and currently just season with salt.

A lot of the barbecue chicken I see on here has a great golden brown skin.

What should i do to improve the color without adding a bunch of spices that will alter the flavor?

12-27-2017, 06:34 AM
What type of wood are you using? Cherry give poultry a nice color

12-27-2017, 06:42 AM

12-27-2017, 06:55 AM
Brush outside with oil or butter and you can get more brown color. Also like someone else stated, cherry wood

12-27-2017, 08:25 AM
Cook a little longer.. I prefer my chicken overdone lol with some killer color.

smoke ninja
12-27-2017, 08:26 AM

Big George's BBQ
12-27-2017, 08:36 AM
Brine it and cook at a higher temp

12-27-2017, 10:54 AM
Salt (dry brine if you have the time, and definitely leave it uncovered in the fridge overnight), pepper, and rub some olive oil between the skin and the meat of the breast and thighs. Cook at 325F or better.

12-27-2017, 11:54 AM
Try some rub with color, Plowboys YardBird is great. You don't have to go too heavy and I think it would instantly give you a color boost.

12-27-2017, 12:23 PM
spray it with pam!!!

12-27-2017, 12:37 PM
Thanks everyone!

12-27-2017, 03:24 PM
Smoked around 325*(F) with only a single chunk of oak. Seasoning is a simple s/p/g. Around 30minutes before done, dipped or mopped with a medium viscosity sauce (homemade) and cooked until the sauce is pretty well dried up (evaporated/condensed).

Bite-through skin, great color...and is not "saucy".