Why is my chicken pink inside? The simple answer...it was smoked!!!
Our most asked question is why our jerk chicken looks pink inside. We completely understand...we are taught to believe that pink in chicken means it is undercooked.
However that is not the case with smoking. Rest assured our chicken is smoked to 170 degrees.
🤓Here is the science 🧬 behind smoked chicken.🤓
Myoglobin is a protein stored in muscle, which when mixed with water takes a pink appearance. When exposed to high temperatures, myoglobin breaks down to give a consistent white colouring across the whole piece of meat.
Because we smoke our chicken the myoglobin doesn’t fully break down. This creates a pink tinge to the meat, the same reaction that causes the smoke ring you see on smoked brisket. More information can be found at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/e8dad81f-f7fc-4574-893e-bae20cf8b215/Color_of_Meat_and_Poultry.pdf?MOD=AJPERES