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Whole Smoked Chicken

Dennis The Prescott


Whole Smoked Chicken

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cook Time

4 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

Units of Measurement:

Brine
  • 3/4 Cup salt

  • 2 Tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 Clove garlic

  • 2 Sprig thyme

  • 2 Sprig rosemary

main
  • 1 (5-6 lb) free-range chicken

  • 1 lemon, halved

  • 1 bulb garlic, halved

  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest

Seasoning
  • 4 Teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 Teaspoon dehydrated garlic flakes

  • 3 Teaspoon onion flakes

  • 1 Teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 Teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 2 Teaspoon dried parsley

  • 2 Teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 1 Teaspoon crushed coriander seeds

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.
    Ingredients
    • 3/4 Cup salt

    • 2 Tablespoon brown sugar

    • 2 Clove garlic

    • 2 Sprig thyme

    • 2 Sprig rosemary

  • 2

    Top with 8 cups of water. Submerge chicken in the brine and place in the fridge overnight.
    Ingredients
    • 1 (5-6 lb) free-range chicken

  • 3

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

    • 4 Teaspoon dehydrated garlic flakes

    • 3 Teaspoon onion flakes

    • 1 Teaspoon dried thyme

    • 1 Teaspoon smoked paprika

    • 2 Teaspoon dried parsley

    • 2 Teaspoon cracked black pepper

    • 1 Teaspoon crushed coriander seeds

  • 4

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 225°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
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    Grill225 ˚F
  • 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.
    Ingredients
    • 1 lemon, halved

    • 1 bulb garlic, halved

    • 2 Tablespoon olive oil

    • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest

  • 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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    Grill225 ˚F
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    Probe160 ˚F
  • 8

    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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