Saturday, April 20, 2013

Smoked Chicken

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Last summer I purchased a Brinkmann smoker.

It is my favorite gadget!  I love putting some meat in the smoker and walking away.  Letting the meat cook slowly, on a low heat, produces some of the juiciest, most flavorful meat I've ever tasted.  My absolute favorite meat to smoke is chicken!

It is so easy to make!  First thing you must do is start a charcoal fire in the bottom chamber of the smoker.

Determine what type of wood you want to put on top of the fire.  I like to use apple wood, mesquite or hickory.  Soak whatever wood you want to use in water.

In the smoker, there is a pan for water.  I like to put onions, lemons and other herbs and spices in this pan to give the meat some extra flavor and aroma.

What makes smoked so flavorful is the spice rub you put on the meat before putting it in the smoker.  I used the following for the chicken:
1 teaspoon zesty pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika

Combine the spices and rub all over the chicken.

Put the chicken on the smoker, put the lid on and walk away! 

The chicken will need to stay in the smoker for 6-8 hours, or until the chicken registers 180 degrees, using a meat thermometer.

My smoker has a gauge that I can use to make sure I keep it at ideal temperature (around 220 degrees).  Every few hours I add a few charcoal briquettes and some wet wood to keep the smoke going.

The skin on the chicken is crispy and the meat is extra juicy!  It is one of my favorite meals to cook!



  1. That chicken looks amazing! New follower from Super Sunday Sync. I absolutely love your blog. I'm always saying how we've lost skills that our grandparents and even parents knew and that we should begin to rediscover them again. Glad someone else feels the same way!

  2. Mmmm. This looks yummy.

  3. We used to have that same smoker. My husband does love to smoke chicken. This looks great. Thanks for linking up at Swap N Share Sundays.
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