Smoked Chicken Recipe

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Terrance Sims Modified: March 23, 2022
Smoked Chicken Recipe

How To Make Smoked Chicken

Make your dinner meals extra special by cooking up our juicy smoked chicken recipe! It’s coated in a savory spice rub and sauce for a filling meal.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 4 hours
Brine Time: 8 hours
Total: 12 hours 10 minutes



  • chicken brine,optional but recommended
  • 5lbwhole chicken
  • ¼cupBBQ spice rub
  • parsley,for garnish, optional


  1. Brine the chicken for 8 to 24 hours.

  2. Preheat the smoker to 250 degrees F.

  3. Load the smoker with apple wood chips or wood chips of choice.

  4. Remove the chicken from the brine, then pat dry.

  5. Tuck the wings underneath the chicken, then tie up the legs with kitchen twine.

  6. Place the chicken in a disposable aluminum pan, then coat the chicken with the spice rub.

  7. Be sure to loosen the skin and rub some of the seasoning directly onto the meat underneath the skin.

  8. Place the chicken in the smoker.

  9. Smoke for 3½ to 4½ hours or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees F. Replenish the wood chips during the cook time, making sure to keep an eye on the smoker.

  10. Remove the chicken from the smoker, then let it rest for 10 minutes.

  11. Place the chicken on a platter, and garnish with parsley, if desired.

  12. Carve the chicken, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes






  • Calories: 814.05kcal
  • Fat: 56.96g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.30g
  • Trans Fat: 0.37g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 23.60g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 12.21g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.24g
  • Fiber: 0.12g
  • Sugar: 0.03g
  • Protein: 70.42g
  • Cholesterol: 283.50mg
  • Sodium: 266.71mg
  • Calcium: 46.80mg
  • Potassium: 735.35mg
  • Iron: 3.64mg
  • Vitamin A: 170.89µg
  • Vitamin C: 11.08mg
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