One of our favorite barbecue recipes is smoked chicken! It’s very simple and our friends are often surprised to hear that we only season it with salt and pepper. We let the smokey flavor be the star!
1 whole chicken (without giblets)
2 Tbsp course sea salt
1 Tbsp course black pepper
Allow the chicken to come to room temperature. Set smoker to 250*F. Mix together the salt and pepper. Season the chicken liberally all over with the salt and pepper, including under the skin of the breast. Once the smoker is set up and ready, lay the chicken- breast up- on the grate. Close it up and let it smoke for 4-6 hours. The internal temp should be 165*F for the juiciest, pull-able chicken. Once it is to temp, take it off of the smoker and into a pan to rest for 15 minutes. Then pull the chicken with your hands. Sometimes we like to set the skin aside, chop it up, and add it back into the pulled chicken for extra flavor.
Enjoy! Serve this with baked sweet potatoes, a salad, and some broccoli, or with your family’s favorite sides!
1. If you’re going to make one, you might as well make two! Use the other chicken for other meals throughout the week. You could use it for tacos, enchiladas, soup, or barbecue chicken sandwiches.
2. Use your scraps to make chicken stock or bone broth!