Yes meat fans. It's here. The day has arrived to have some smoked chicken.
I am a huge beef fan. Growing up in southern Alberta, home of the best beef in the world, it's hard not to be a fan of a nice big red juicy steak. So why am I gushing over smoked chicken? Probably because this was the first recipe I perfected on the kamado, and I don't see myself being able to do it anywhere else with this level of success. A steak is great cooked over an open fire. It's great cooked on a BBQ too, gas or charcoal. But this smoked chicken wouldn't have the same flavor in a standard BBQ. It would be great over an open flame too, but not as good as this. So let's get to it.
Alton Brown's method on youtube. Don't forget to make home-made chicken stock from the leftover carcass!
Once separated, I add a generous amount of my chicken rub to the parts and let them sit for a while. You can use a plastic bag, but I am still happy with the quick marinator for my vacuum sealer. Though I'm not looking for a quick marinate, I actually left the rub on overnight. Try for a minimum of 2 hours, and aim for around 4 hours of soaking in the rub for best flavor. More is always best.
Sean's Smoked Chicken Rub
1 Cup sea salt
1 Cup brown sugar
1 Cup white sugar
1/4 Cup ground sage
1/4 Cup dried thyme
12 Bay leaves, crushed
2 Tbsp corn starch
Combine all the ingredients and blend together. Store in a mason jar or other airtight container and enjoy the best smoked chicken you will find.
Unlike the BBQ ribs and many other smoke meats, chicken doesn't take a long time to cook. 1 1/2 to 2 hours of time is all you need to cook it before digging in.
Your choice of smoke chips will affect the flavor you end up with too. I choose to use applewood for the chicken and I always like the results. Heavier chips like mesquite and hickory would be tasty too, but in less quantity. For a whole chicken, broken down, I use about 1/2 of my smoker box full of wood chips, all soaked for at least 30 minutes in water.
|Temperature Probe in the Chicken|
The cooking time of 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours is, of course, an estimate. The chicken is done when the internal temperature reaches 79°C. This is lucky too, because much longer to cook this chicken might result in guests getting dehydrated from drooling over the smell of this stuff. Let the chicken rest once you've taken it off the grill for about 10 minutes and serve.
I'm going to find it hard to experiment with other chicken recipes and ideas because I enjoy this one SO much. It has all the qualities of a great chicken dinner. Still, the idea of smoky maple, smoky teriyaki, and a smoky honey garlic linger in my mind. And of course I will introduce you to the kamado version of my fry-pan surprise favorite: BBQ cheese chicken... another day.
|The Finished Product|
1 Chicken, whole, broken down, or 8-10 chicken parts
Applewood smoke chips
Sean's Smoked Chicken Rub
Remote meat thermometer (for ideal results)
Cover the chicken parts with a liberal amount of chicken rub and refrigerate for 2-4 hours, or more. Prepare your kamado for 225°F and applewood smoke chips. Cook the chicken, skin side down, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the internal temperature measures 79°C with a meat thermometer. Remove from heat, let rest for 10 minutes, then grab a fork and fend off all other contenders while you claim all the chicken for yourself.
|To the Griller Go the Spoils|