Have you tried making smoked chicken on a wood pellet smoker? It produces the most delicious, juiciest chicken you will ever experience! The skin turns out perfectly crispy and the smoky flavor is perfection. We prefer the Pit Boss Pellet Smoker, but this recipe will work on any wood pellet smoker. Our friends and family often request this smoked chicken and we have even used this recipe to catering weddings! It’s super simple, and people are often surprised to hear that we only season it with salt and pepper. We like to let the smoky flavor shine! Give this simple recipe a try.
The wood pellet smoker is all the rage right now and our family has definitely jumped on the bandwagon. We love our Pit Boss (after trying the much more popular brand and being dissatisfied- because it caught itself on fire- a story for another day).
- 1 whole chicken (without giblets)
- 2 Tbsp course sea salt
- 1 Tbsp course black pepper (AKA restaurant grind)
- Set your pellet smoker to 250F and allow the chicken to come to room temperature.
- Mix together the salt and pepper.
- Pat the chicken dry. Season the chicken liberally all over with the salt and pepper, including under the skin of the breast.
- Once the smoker is to temperature, lay the chicken breast-side-up on the grate.
- Close it up and let it smoke for about 4 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165F for the juiciest, pullable chicken.
- Take it off of the smoker and let it rest for 15 minutes.
- For pulled chicken, pull it apart with gloved hands.
After you pull the chicken, you can set the skin aside, then cut it up and add it back into the pulled meat for extra flavor.