Buttered Whole Chicken

by Kevin H. on October 1, 2012 · 0 comments

Whole Buttered Chicken Recipe

Hi there pretty bird.  Why aren’t you just lovely.


Whole Buttered Chicken Recipe

Oh.  Another view.  Nice.  Very nice indeed.


Whole Buttered Chicken Recipe

A view from the top?  I like it.  I have to say, I think a browned bird is about the prettiest smoked food there is.


Whole Buttered Chicken Recipe

And one last shot, just for posterity.  I love it.


Oh, did I mention that I slathered butter underneath the skin of this chicken?  And stuffed it with deliciousness?  And it was as juicy a smoked chicken as I’ve ever made in my life?


Yea…Butter.  Bird.  Juicy.  Butter.


Watch my video to see how I did it.





How To Butter A Whole Chicken Video


Buttered Whole Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Buttered Whole Chicken


  • 1 whole chicken
  • For butter slather
  • 1/2 stick salted butter
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • dash of ground pepper


  1. If you have time, brine the chicken overnight.
  2. Carefully lift the skin of the breast and smear the butter mixture underneath.
  3. Optional: Stuff the cavity with onion, lemon, apples, garlic
  4. Rub Olive Oil on skin and sprinkle salt & pepper.
  5. Smoke with apple wood, indirect, at 250 until internal temperature hits 165.

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