Whole Smoked Chicken Recipes

whole smoked chicken recipes

Whole smoked chicken is a delicious way to prepare a bird. This succulent meat is a lot tastier than rotisserie chickens. If you’re tired of eating bland, dry rotisserie chicken, try making your own smoked whole chicken recipe at home. It’s easy to do and tastes great! Here are a few great recipes. Enjoy! Here are some tips for brining, smoking, and scratch-cocking your chicken.


One of the easiest ways to make juicy, smoked chicken is by brining the bird. Brining a whole chicken takes longer than brining a breast. You need 2 cups of cold water to create a brine solution and you can add a bay leaf, cayenne pepper, or orange zest. Once the chicken has been brined for several hours, place it on a Bradley rack or pan. Place ice on top to keep it cool. Once brined, your bird is ready to smoke.

To brine a whole chicken, use a large, deep pot. Alternatively, you can use a brining bag. Make sure to use kosher salt – don’t use table salt – because it will make the chicken too salty. You can also add brown sugar to the brine to help the skin caramelize and to balance the saltiness. Brining time should be about eight hours for a whole chicken.

Once you’ve prepared the brine, you can put the chicken in a large bowl or pan. Combine the beer with kosher salt, brown sugar, and water. Let the chicken sit for three to twelve hours or up to 12 hours. If you prefer a more delicate chicken, you can use a brine bucket. Once the chicken has been brined, season it with your favorite dry rub.

Smoked chicken is best prepared by brining the chicken. Brining will allow the wood chips to impart flavor. The whole smoked chicken should smoke for about four hours on average. The meat should be 165 degrees in the breast at the end of cooking. Brining a chicken will prevent dry, brittle meat. Brining a whole chicken is an easy, hands-off process. Try brining a chicken before smoking it, and you’ll have delicious, juicy meat that will be the talk of the neighborhood.


Before you begin to smoke your whole smoked chicken, you’ll want to prepare the bird correctly. Make sure the wings are tucked under the front of the bird, or tie them together using kitchen twine to prevent them from burning. Also, be sure to remove the giblets. Smoke the chicken for up to three hours. Remove the giblets and set the chicken aside on a cutting board. Once it has finished cooking, baste it with barbecue sauce and serve.

You can choose any type of wood to use when smoking your chicken. Apple, cherry, maple, peach, and mesquite woods are all excellent choices. Smoking poultry will also enhance the flavor and tenderness of the meat. Ensure the temperature is between 225 and 250 degrees F to avoid overcooking and undercooking. If you are not sure how much wood to use, check out our nutrition information. You can easily find these numbers online or from USDA food composition databases.

Once you’ve decided on the wood, the next step is preparing the smoker. You’ll need to set the smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature will ensure the chicken cooks evenly. If you’re going to smoke a whole chicken, dress it beforehand. Remember to tie the legs together. Fold the wings underneath while on the smoker to keep them from drying out. If you’re using a Traeger, make sure to set the temperature to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and use apple wood pellets.

Before smoking the chicken, make sure it’s seasoned. The poultry rub should be applied both inside and outside the cavity. This will prevent the chicken’s skin from becoming leathery. The salt in the rub will also provide flavor and reduce the rubbery texture. Next, you’ll need to fire up the smoker at 225 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and add a drip pan of water. Once the smoker is ready, you can start stuffing the chicken with garlic and onions. Tie it up with kitchen twine.


You can make delicious smoked whole chicken recipes easily and quickly. First, spatchcock a chicken, so it sits flat on a cutting board. Then, cover the chicken with a dry rub. The chicken will be smoked until tender and moist, and will be filled with a delicious hardwood smoke flavor. To finish, drizzle with whiskey barbecue sauce, and enjoy! Spatchcocking a whole smoked chicken is not difficult!

You can use an oven to cook smoked spatchcocked chicken. Place the chicken on a large rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degF. For the final stage of cooking, turn down the heat slightly and finish with the final five to ten minutes of high heat. You can carve the smoked spatchcock chicken just like a whole bird, and serve it with smoked vegetables or corn.

Once the chicken is spatched, place it on a smoking rack. Then, apply the Byron’s Butt Rub. Then, smoke it for two to three hours at 225 to 250 degrees F. To make it more flavorful, use Byron’s Butt Rub on the skin and skewered chicken. Afterward, slice the chicken and serve. This recipe makes about four pounds of chicken.

Before you start the cooking process, prepare the chicken by removing the gizzards and separating the breastbone. To do this, you need a sharp knife or pair of chicken shears. Lay the chicken on a cutting board or countertop, breast side up. Use a sharp knife to cut the chicken’s spine from top to bottom. Save the spine for making homemade chicken stock! Then, make a small cut into the breastbone cartilage to allow for easy breaking when the chicken is laid flat.

Dry rubs

There are many different ways to flavor chicken, and one popular method is to use dry rubs. A dry rub is a mixture of dry ingredients, such as salt, pepper, and spices, and it goes under the skin of the chicken to help caramelize the meat. It is also a good way to add extra flavor without using a lot of liquid. Here are some great ideas for dry rubs for whole smoked chicken.

Meatheads: This rub has a tangy, herby flavor that goes very well with smoked chicken. This rub is great for brined chicken, but you will need to use at least half a teaspoon of salt when cooking unbrined chicken. The rub can be stored in an airtight container if not being used immediately. It’s a good way to keep it in the pantry for a quick and easy rub.

Dry rubs for whole smoked chicken can be added several hours before smoking to enhance the flavor. While a traditional rub should be applied at least 24 hours in advance of smoking, dry rubs are less likely to tenderize the meat. Instead, they are intended to impart flavor to the meat while smoking. The flavor effect of dry rubs is the same whether the dry rub is applied five minutes before smoking or 24 hours before.

If you prefer to avoid salt in the meat, you can substitute coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is another great substitute that will provide a sweet undertone and caramelized crust to your smoked chicken. Use the dry rub according to package instructions to ensure the best results. For best results, use a small amount. For one medium-sized chicken, you can use about 1/2 TBSP. If the skin is still on, refrigerate it for at least an hour before grilling.

Cooking time

When smoking whole smoked chicken, the internal temperature must reach 165oF. A few factors influence this cooking time, including the size of the bird and the outdoor temperature. It can take anywhere from 45 minutes to five hours to smoke a whole chicken at 225°F. Once the chicken reaches the desired internal temperature, it should rest for at least 20 minutes before serving. Regardless of the size, it’s important to monitor the internal temperature of the chicken with an electric probe thermometer.

If you have a smoker, you’ll want to use a digital thermometer to monitor the internal temperature of the bird during cooking. If you’re smoking a whole chicken, a wired thermometer with a timer function can help you keep an eye on the temperature more precisely. The probe of the thermometer should read 160 to 163 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the safest temperature for all poultry. The thickest part of the bird, or thigh, should take the longest to cook.

To cook a whole smoked chicken, place the bird on a rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Rub it with your favorite chicken rub, both inside and out, and place in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours. Ideally, you should dry-brine the chicken for 24 hours to ensure that the skin gets crispy. A more intense dry-brining process will give you a whole smoked chicken with crisper skin.

For a faster cooking time, turn the chicken over so that its breastbone is facing you. The breastbone should be cracked with the back of a kitchen knife, which will allow the breastbone to lay flat on the smoker. This will allow the breastbone to cook faster, and the breastbone will be easier to pull out of the meat if the chicken is split. If you want the full flavor intensity, the breastbone should be cracked.+

Whole Smoked Chicken Recipes Step By Step

Smoking a whole chicken can result in tender, flavorful meat with a subtle smoky flavor. Here’s a basic recipe for smoking a whole chicken, along with some variations to suit your taste preferences.


  • 1 whole chicken (4-5 pounds)
  • Olive oil or melted butter
  • Dry rub or seasoning of your choice
  • Wood chips or chunks for smoking (hickory, apple, cherry, or pecan work well)
  • Salt and black pepper


1. Prepare the Chicken

  • Start by removing the giblets and neck from the chicken’s cavity and patting the chicken dry with paper towels.

2. Season the Chicken

  • Brush the chicken with olive oil or melted butter to help the rub stick. Season the chicken generously with a dry rub or a mix of your favorite seasonings, such as salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and herbs like thyme or rosemary. Be sure to season both the inside and outside of the bird.

3. Preheat the Smoker

  • Preheat your smoker to a temperature of 225-250°F (107-121°C). Use wood chips or chunks to generate smoke. Soak the wood chips in water for about 30 minutes before using to slow down their combustion and create more smoke.

4. Smoke the Chicken

  • Place the seasoned chicken on the smoker grates, breast-side up. Insert a meat thermometer probe into the thickest part of the breast without touching the bone.
  • Add the soaked wood chips to the smoker, and maintain a consistent temperature. For the best results, maintain a low and steady temperature during the smoking process.

5. Monitor and Baste

  • Smoke the chicken for approximately 3 to 4 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). You can baste the chicken with any leftover olive oil or butter every hour to enhance its flavor and moistness.

6. Rest the Chicken

  • Once the chicken reaches the target temperature, remove it from the smoker. Let it rest for about 15 minutes before carving. Resting allows the juices to redistribute and the meat to become more tender.

7. Carve and Serve

  • Carve the smoked chicken into serving pieces and serve hot.


  1. Brined Smoked Chicken: Before smoking, soak the chicken in a brine solution of water, salt, sugar, and spices for a few hours or overnight. This enhances the chicken’s flavor and moisture.
  2. Beer Can Chicken: Instead of smoking the chicken directly on the grates, you can try the beer can chicken method. Place an opened can of beer (or another beverage) inside the chicken’s cavity and smoke it upright. The steam from the beer can helps keep the chicken moist.
  3. Glazed Smoked Chicken: During the last hour of smoking, you can apply a glaze or sauce to the chicken for added flavor. Popular options include barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or a fruit glaze.
  4. Spicy Smoked Chicken: If you like it hot, add a spicy rub or marinade to the chicken for an extra kick.

Remember to adjust your smoking time depending on the size of the chicken and the accuracy of your smoker’s temperature control. With a bit of practice, you can achieve a perfectly smoked whole chicken with delicious flavor.

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