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Monday, October 29, 2012

Black Meat Chickens (Silkies) on the Drum

Should have saved these for Halloween dinner. :)

Those who raise poultry are familiar with the Silkie breed. They are small, fluffy, cute birds with black skin and dark, almost grey meat.
They are thought to have health benefits in some cultures.

I do not raise silkies but was able to get a couple from a friend (also some goat meat). Have not tasted them before so I gave it a shot. :)

I seasoned the birds with Tatonka Dust...

popped them into the Big Poppa Smoker UDS..... with a wild rice blend.

I added chicken stock and scallions to the rice.

Smoked at 275F with a bit of hickory...

These were the size of a large game hen.

I brought the birds up to an internal temp of 170F.  Tipped them up to make sure the juices ran clear.

This is where my sense of sight and sense of smell could not agree.
The chicken looked sooooo strange but smelled sooooo good!! :)

I closed my eyes and took a bite.

Tasted like chicken! :)

Not sure if I will ever raise this breed...... but now I know what they taste like. They were pretty good. :)


Ohiofarmgirl said...

great work! i cant wait for your post on goat meat

Lana said...

My husband and I read this together and laughed so hard! Great post!


cowgirl said...

Thanks Ohiofarmgirl! :)
Not sure how I'm gonna cook the goat meat yet...I've had it grilled, smoked and buried in the ground before and those were tasty.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great week!

cowgirl said...

lol Thanks Lana! Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a great week too! :)

lisa said...

We have a few silkies we raise for eggs. I don't think I would go to the work of cleaning them for the amount of meat you would get. Does look good though.

langela said...

I am a newish follower. I enjoy your posts and salivate over almost everything you make. My 7yo daughter said the same thing you did when we butchered our mean rooster. She tasted it and exclaimed, "Mmmm, not bad. Tastes like chicken!"

Brewella Deville said...

I've seen these black birds at the local Asian market and I've always wondered what they tasted like. Spinal Tap Chicken, none more black.

L8nighter said...

That *is* one odd looking bird... I have never seen something that looks the same raw as cooked!!

cowgirl said...

Thanks Lisa! They are really cute looking chickens. Not sure if I could clean one. Rather keep them for the eggs too. :)
Hope you have a nice week!

cowgirl said...

lol Langela, Cute about your daughter! :)
Thanks for stopping by, it's nice to meet ya!

cowgirl said...

lol Brewella!
Thanks for the laugh.
Like your new name too. :)

cowgirl said...

Hi L8nighter! :)
They do look odd. Smelled so good while cooking and tasted great. Just had to convince myself it was edible before taking the first bite. lol
Hope you have a great trip next week!

Chris said...

LMAO at Brewella's comment, too funny.

These things look freaky! So glad you tried them out.

cowgirl said...

lol Thanks Chris! Brewella has a great sense of humor. :)
The chicken was tasty but I will stick with meat breeds.
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Tango Joe said...

I have never seen chickens like this and now I will have to go on a search to find them. Very glad that they actually tasted like chicken, that cracked me up!

cowgirl said...

:) Joe, Thanks!
Hope the storm didn't cause you any trouble. Good to see you!

Rudras Breeders said...

In India too, kadaknath is there. It is also black meat chicken with outer black plumage.

cowgirl said...

That's interesting Rudras Breeders! You have a nice blog too.. thanks for stopping by! :)