I’m back today to share with you another delicious recipe from my kitchen! This wouldn’t be nearly as easy or tasty without the help of CaveTools. This smoked chicken recipe takes a chicken to a whole new level, with very little actual work. If you have never smoked a bird before this is a great introduction to using a barbeque as a smoker, and will give you a taste of what you have been missing. If you know a good smoked bird when you see one, just look at that pictures below, and you know I don’t need to say more!
~Disclaimer: I received this tool in exchange for the Root Beer Chicken post. I still use this tool often and love that I get to share this recipe with you. All of the thoughts here are my own. And there are affiliate links in this post. That means that if you purchase something via a recommended link I provide, I will make a small commission for my efforts, at no cost to you. Also, the discount provided is generously provided by my friends at Cavetools.~
Ingredients For The Perfect Smoked Chicken
1 whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry
Beer Can Chicken seasoning (McCormick makes my favorite)
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tbs fresh garlic
Other Items Needed
Prep Your Bird
We love to eat chicken prepared on the beer can roaster so much that we often buy a two pack of whole chicken. Pop them in the freezer until you are ready to cook and then follow the steps below to prep your chicken for smoking.
After you have thawed and rinsed and removed the innards from the bird, you will need a good rub for the outside. I recommend Beer Can Chicken Seasoning by McCormick for this recipe, but we also love to rub them down with coarse salt and lemon and garlic pepper. To each his own! Make sure that you are generous with your seasoning and get into each nook and cranny of the outside. Put back in the fridge until your wood chips are ready.
Setting Up The “Beer” Can
We have used this portion of the beer can chicken rack for tons of different liquids, including beer and root beer! For this recipe, you will need 1 cup of chicken stock, and a half a cup of soy sauce. Top the liquid with fresh garlic and replace the cap. Make sure you lock it into your beer can rack so there is no chance of it falling or spilling.
Setting Up Your Smoker
We are so fortunate to have a smoker grill, but if you do not, that’s ok. CaveTools has really thought of everything and has a smoker box just for those who need. Check that out here~~> Amazon.
To begin, Matt usually chops us up some alder or cherry wood. I love the taste of alder and chicken, so that is what we use. Alternatively, use pre-chopped and ready to use wood chips. Get those here ~~> Amazon. Next get your coals going. Place your wood chips on top of the coals, and continue to feed the coals until your smoked chicken is done.
How Long Does A Smoked Chicken Take To Cook
This is such a tricky question to answer. When I looked up the recommended cooking time, I found 4 hours. Here is what we found while cooking our chicken:
Your chicken needs to be fully thawed before you begin to cook. A partially frozen bird will add a ton of time to your cooking and may dry out the meat while cooking. Try to regulate the temp inside the bbq. I recommend around 300 degrees. And finally, the best way to time your chicken cooking time is to check the internal temp. It must be at least 165 to consume. My chicken took 2.5 hours to smoke, from start to end!
Tips For A Perfectly Smoked Chicken
While your chicken is smoking you will notice juices begin to drip into the pan. Use them to baste your smoked chicken. This will keep the meat moist.
Smoked chicken needs to be turned often. To keep things even, make sure you turn a 1/4 turn each time you feed the wood chips to the coals.
The skin will get dark, but it is NOT burned. The smoke darkens the meat pretty quickly but doesn’t burn because there is no direct flame.
TEMP YOUR SMOKED CHICKEN!!! Regardless of the method, you must temp your poultry before you eat it. Internal temp should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Please do not consume or serve smoked chicken at anything lower than 165!
More Than 1 Dinner Meal
Last night, we let our smoked chicken cool, and then we removed ALL the chicken from the bones. Then we made chicken salad sammiches. Mmmmm. If you have never tried a smoked chicken salad, you are missing out my friend.
Tonight, we are having chicken tacos. So you see, you can get about two meals out of one chicken, making this a super frugal meal!
What Are You Planning For Dinner?
Are you planning to try this smoked chicken recipe? Do you have a beer can roaster? What do you think of the rack from Cavetools? Let me know in the comments!
Well, that’s all for today, because it’s now time to start my chicken tacos!!
Until next time,
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