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 BBQ chicken from smoker? To sauce or not to sauce

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seadog92

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BBQ chicken from smoker? To sauce or not to sauce Fri, 08/20/10 12:10 PM (permalink)
We've got a concession trailer and sell pulled pork, hot dogs, chicken strips etc.  I want to offer BBQ chicken as well, but had a question.  I'm using a cookshack smoker for my pork, and have smoked chicken on occasion for family, but always with nothing but a rub.  If I'm wanting to offer a "BBQ" chicken, should I add sauce to the chicken before smoking?  I know that grilling it would burn the sauce, but I've not tried coating the chicken with sauce before smoking.  Any suggestions?  We'd smoke the chicken, then hold hot in a Cambro in the trailer.

Thanks!
 
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    Littleman

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    Re:BBQ chicken from smoker? To sauce or not to sauce Fri, 08/20/10 12:51 PM (permalink)
    Hold the sauce. Smoke the chicken, keep warm and offer sauce either on the side or on the chicken when you sell it.  JMO. 
     
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      Foodbme

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      Re:BBQ chicken from smoker? To sauce or not to sauce Sat, 08/21/10 4:50 AM (permalink)
       
      My personal preference is not to sauce Smoked Chickens. Grilled? Yes. Smoked? No!
      Offer it on the side for those who want it. Less work for you too!
      Brining makes a big difference with chicken & turkeys. Keeps the meat nice & moist.
       
      I've followed this guys advice on smoking meats and he's been spot on.
      http://www.smoking-meat.com/smoking-chicken.html
       
      Here's his main web site. You can sign up for his free monthly newsletter. Generally very good info.
      http://www.smoking-meat.com/
      <message edited by Foodbme on Sat, 08/21/10 5:03 AM>
       
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        mayor al

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        Re:BBQ chicken from smoker? To sauce or not to sauce Sat, 08/21/10 9:45 AM (permalink)
        I agree with the 'no-saucer's'...Plus I would list it as 'Slow-Smoked Chicken' to make sure you won't be surprised by folks wanting the Grilled version.
         
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          chewingthefat

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          Re:BBQ chicken from smoker? To sauce or not to sauce Sat, 08/21/10 11:21 AM (permalink)
          As a BBQ restautant owner I don't sauce before smoking, let the customer choose their sauce and how much they want on the bird.
           
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            Davwud

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            Re:BBQ chicken from smoker? To sauce or not to sauce Sat, 08/21/10 11:42 AM (permalink)
            No sauce before.

            If you want, you can offer it on the side or if you have a grill, you can toss it in sauce and grill before serving.

            DT
             
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