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I've got a beer can chicken going with pecan in the MES right now, started it about 40 minutes ago.

Now, thinking of a beer can chicken, I've got the temp probe going down from the top into what I eyeballed as the deepest part of the breast meat.

Is this alright? I'm asking because the temp is climbing faster than I would have thought.

The MES is still "recovering" to a run temp of 275 and I'm going for a 170 finished temp.

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I always use the thigh for meat probes, the breast can give a different temp reading than the rest of the bird. Don't insert near any bone(s), it'll give you a false reading. Smoke and seeds forever.
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I just went out and pulled the chicken out of the MES and tried moving the probe, poked around in the thigh area a couple of different ways. The temp was reading a couple of degrees higher down on the thigh anywhere I poked it compared to where it was originally in the breast. So I put the probe back in the original spot then back in the MES it went.

How does 2 hours (or a bit under) cook time sound for a beer can chicken at 275? Chicken is about 4.5 lbs.
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Thigh is the best place. Has to do with the dark meat and the breast is to close to the internal cavity and steam heat coming off the can.

Time varies to much depending on the bird. Sorry I can't give ya a better answer. But I have down them in 2 hours at that size and other times it took 3.
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Cool -

It slowed waaaaaaay down after hitting 150. It might end up going a full 3 hours. I've still got the thermometer in the breast and at 2.5 hours it's at 165 (going to 170)
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Hey y'all

I've got a beer can chicken going with pecan in the MES right now, started it about 40 minutes ago.

Now, thinking of a beer can chicken, I've got the temp probe going down from the top into what I eyeballed as the deepest part of the breast meat.

Is this alright? I'm asking because the temp is climbing faster than I would have thought.

The MES is still "recovering" to a run temp of 275 and I'm going for a 170 finished temp.

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Hmmmm...

That was a disappointment.

The first couple beercan chickens I did I cooked at 225 and 250 respectively and didn't use a thermometer - went for 4 hours (different size birds.) Skin was chewy but everything else was tender and juicy and great.

This one, I used the thermo and went to 170 at 275 hoping for less chewy skin.

What I got was a chicken that was chewy all over, wouldn't shred, wouldn't pull apart without a huge fight. Damn.
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Thinkin ya need to do a thermo test....ain't sure, but if you were at 2bux50 for 4 hrs...it really should have been done in that time...
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I put it into the meaty part of the thigh and pull when temp is 180. Tent and rest for 10 minutes.
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Thinkin ya need to do a thermo test....ain't sure, but if you were at 2bux50 for 4 hrs...it really should have been done in that time...
I agree 100%. That size chick and the temp and time...shoulda been seeing superb results. Was the chick frozen before? That can have a affect, IMHO. I also do not ever use water under my chicken, during the smoke.
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I use the thigh too for temp reading like David said. It really makes no sense, it should have been good and done... was it dry? your description sounds like it was under done..
Maybe a thermo test is a good idea?



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Just to clarify - this one went for 3 hours at a higher temp than the first two, hoping for crispier skin (and the skin was even worse than before. It wasn't just rubbery - it was tough. Like leather.) The thighs and legs were the most done part of the chicken (little tougher and drier than the rest)

The breasts were *by far* the biggest, meatiest pieces of this chicken.

I'd say a full 50% of the meat on the entire chicken was in the breasts.

I'm thinking it was a bum chicken.

Next one I'll go back to the lower cook temp (???)
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I really wouldn't cook at a lower temp. Could of been a bum chicken But normally like kelly said, if it's chewy it's under done plus if it's dry it's overdone.
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This one, I used the thermo and went to 170 at 275 hoping for less chewy skin.

What I got was a chicken that was chewy all over, wouldn't shred, wouldn't pull apart without a huge fight.
I don't do pulled chicken, but it seems 170 is a bit low for pulling. I'm thinking you'd want like 185 maybe?
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I really wouldn't cook at a lower temp. Could of been a bum chicken But normally like kelly said, if it's chewy it's under done plus if it's dry it's overdone.

I had both symptoms....

EDIT: I don't think it's a temp probe problem - I used it the day before on an 8 lb pork shoulder that turned out perfect.
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How does 2 hours (or a bit under) cook time sound for a beer can chicken at 275? Chicken is about 4.5 lbs.
For a 4.5 lb I would usually do mine for 3+ hours @ 250 until I reach 165-170 in the thigh. This is what mine usually look like. Skin is not usually too rubbery ....

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