It is a common fact chicken is a big source of protein. We take it in different dishes, and the smoked whole chicken recipe is one of them. The home-style smoked whole chicken is flavorful, juicy, tender, and better than any rotisserie chicken you can buy. We smoked it slowly till perfection, infused with the best smoking flavor for a great taste. Smoked whole chicken has a different test than smoked chicken thigh and chicken breast. Smoking a chicken is very easy.
The Applewood Smoked Chicken, Prepped with brown sugar, smoky paprika, and garlic-based rub, wow, amazing taste. I love all types of smoked meat recipes, even smoked potatoes, because smoked meat is amazing, while Applewood for Smoked Whole Chicken is wow! It is very easy, fast to prep, and super juicy. The Good news for BBQ lovers is that they are in a rush and can not wait for 9, 10, or 13 hours to make a BBQ. Because you only have to throw a chicken on a smoker is so easy, and it is done quicker than smoking a brisket.
How To Make Smoked Whole Chicken Recipe?
How To Prep A Whole Chicken?
With the extra time, you should brine the chicken in a salt and water solution for up to 24 hours. Brining is not compulsory, but it makes your chicken juicy, moist, tender, and seasoned well. I always brine my chicken before making a plan of smoked chicken or roast chicken. You can skip this step while taking frozen chicken if you have no time. Take it out and get your chicken to room temperature. Dry the chicken with paper towels, and spray or drizzle some olive or cooking oil.
Seasoning Or Rub
- Dark Brown Sugar
- Chili Powder
- Smoked Paprika
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Take a bowl
- Put all the rub ingredients in the bowl.
- Whisk them in a bowl.
- Brown sugar is just a MUST when you are making a rub.
- It’s the perfect mix of smoky and sweet.
Smoked Whole Chicken Recipe
Cutting the chicken
When you bring the whole chicken, remove and toss out the innards, such as the neck and liver stuffed in the middle of the chicken. Now rinse the chicken inside and out nicely after washing dry the chicken with a paper towel. Place the whole chicken on a cutting board. Next, cut down the breast with a sharp butcher knife and slice your chicken in half.
Seasoning The Chicken
Put the chicken in the rub bowl and sprinkle it all over the chicken nicely. When putting the rub on, press the rub into the chicken well; nice marination will help enhance the flavor. Next, place your chicken in a smoking dish, cover it with a wrap, and place it in the refrigerator. I like to marinate it all overnight.
How To Smoke A Whole Chicken?
- Now, preheat the smoker.
- Preheat, the smoker to 275°F.
- Place the chicken on your smoker up from the breast side, and cook for about 2 hours.
- Cook for the first 45 minutes; check on the chicken and spray olive oil or butter to help the skin crisp.
- After 1.5 hours, keep rotating the chicken so that it cooks evenly, and give it again a spray of olive oil or butter.
- Check the temperature at this stage with a meat thermometer.
- When you read the temp, it the 140°F for the breast and around 150°F at the thigh.
- After 2 hours, it should be 165°F at the thickest part of the breast and 175°F at the thickest part of the thigh.
- Remove the chicken from the smoker when done.
- Let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and eating.
How long does to smoke the chicken?
It all depends on the size of the chicken. A 4-pound chicken usually takes 2-3 hours, but you must check the internal temperature to ensure it reaches 165°F.
At 275°F, it takes about 30 minutes for 1 pound of chicken. You can always shield it with a foil to save it from browns too quickly. It is sliced smoked chicken on a wooden cutting board.
What is The Best Wood For Smoking Chicken?
Always smoke your chicken with hardwood but not with softwood comes from evergreen trees, while hardwood comes from trees that lose their leaves in the autumn. Sciences Softwood burns faster and contains more moisture, producing black smoke. At the same time, the hardwood produces clean smoke with an amazing taste.
I like cherry or apple wood for my smoked chicken because these woods have a mildly sweet, smoking flavor that complements the chicken. Maple, peach, hickory, and mesquite are also perfect for smoking chicken. Applewood smoked chicken is also favorite of many of us. Sweety and sourly tease offer you so amazing flavor to your chicken.
What To Serve With Smoked Chicken?
Serve smoked chicken with mac and cheese, coleslaw, and a drizzle of white with BBQ sauce. You can also serve it with just smothered potatoes as Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes and any side salad, or if you are making your chicken on the grill, then make baked potatoes on the grill. So taste yummy.
How To Use leftover Smoke Chicken?
Suppose you have some leftover smoke chicken. You can use it in various ways; the chicken is perfect for chicken salads. I use it in my pasta bakes, pies, or sandwiches.
Calories: 219kcal, Protein: 33g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 157mg, Sodium: 165mg, Potassium: 410mg, Vitamin A: 55IU, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg
Important Tips for smoked chicken
You are letting your chicken marinate in the rub overnight.
The skin can become dry and rubbery when you slowly smoke a chicken.
For making it moist and delicious. Take a large cheesecloth and soak it in melted butter. Drape it on the chicken before you put it in the smoker.
When smoking your chicken, keep an eye on the smoker’s temperature will not get up to 250°F.
So it is very important to manage your temperature to ensure the smoker stays cool.