Smoked Chicken

Sep 10, 2016 by

After you try this recipe Smoked Chicken, you never want to go back to the regular bbq chicken. I guarantee you that. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken butterflied or halved
  • Smoking wood chips preferably apple or cherry
For the Brine
  • 1-quart apple or orange juice
  • 1-quart water
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses

Instructions

  1. Put the wood chips in your smoker and turn the smoker on ( mine is gas), by the time you put your bird in the smoker the temp should be around 350F. Butterfly your chicken.
  2. Whisk together apple juice, water, salt, brown sugar, and molasses until solids have dissolved. Put the chicken in the brine, breast side down, and place in refrigerator for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Season both sides of chicken liberally with your favorite bbq seasoning.
  4. Place chicken, skin side up, in your smoker. Maintain a temperature around 350 F degrees, until breast meat registers 155 degrees and thigh meat registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat. It took me a good 3 hours to smoke this bird.
  5. When you happen to have an extra chicken laying around, make this smoked chicken salad.

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After you try this recipe Smoked Chicken, you never want to go back to the regular bbq chicken. I guarantee you that. ?
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken butterflied or halved
  • Smoking wood chips preferably apple or cherry
  • For the Brine
  • 1-quart apple or orange juice
  • 1-quart water
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
Instructions
  1. Put the wood chips in your smoker and turn the smoker on ( mine is gas), by the time you put your bird in the smoker the temp should be around 350F. Butterfly your chicken.
  2. Whisk together apple juice, water, salt, brown sugar, and molasses until solids have dissolved. Put the chicken in the brine, breast side down, and place in refrigerator for 1½ hours.
  3. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Season both sides of chicken liberally with your favorite bbq seasoning.
  4. Place chicken, skin side up, in your smoker. Maintain a temperature around 350 F degrees, until breast meat registers 155 degrees and thigh meat registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat. It took me a good 3 hours to smoke this bird.
  5. When you happen to have an extra chicken laying around, make this smoked chicken salad.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Meg

    Smokers do not reach temperatures of 350 degrees. You would have ashes after 8 hrs of cooking.

    • Arrisje

      Thanks for pointing that out to me, it should be 3 hours not 8. As you can tell by the pictures above the chicken came out fine with the temp of 350. For the ribs I do not go by that temp, that’s another story.

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