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Whole Smoked Chicken

Dennis The Prescott


Whole Smoked Chicken

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cook Time

3 Hours

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Pellets

Mesquite

This hardwood-smoked recipe was created by the awe-inspiring Dennis the Prescott. His beautiful and delicious smoked chicken is perfect for a wee feast. Make a turkey thankful and get stuffed on chicken instead.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

4

    Steps

    • 1

      First, prepare the brine. In a large pot, combine 4 cups of water, salt, sugar, garlic and herbs, and bring it all to a boil. Give the water a stir until the salt dissolves, then remove from the heat.
    • 2

      Top with 8 cups of water. Submerge chicken in the brine and place in the fridge overnight.
    • 3

      Stir all of the ingredients for your seasoning together, cover and set aside.
    • 4

      When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 225°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
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    • 5

      Remove the chicken from the brine, and pat it dry with paper towels.
    • 6

      Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over the bird, getting it completely coated. Rub 1-1/2 tablespoons of prepared seasoning and lemon zest all over the chicken. Stuff both halves of the garlic bulb and lemon in the cavity of the bird.
    • 7

      Place on the preheated grill and cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160°F. It will take 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
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      Tip: Use the carcass/remains for stock. That sweet smoked grill flavor is to die for. Follow Dennis the Prescott's awesome Instagram for more delicious dishes.
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    Tips From the Pros: How to Smoke a Whole Chicken

    Follow this step-by-step guide for smoking whole chicken with tips on buying, prepping, brines, injections, rubs, smoking woods, and a time and temp guide.

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