Smoked Whole Chicken Guide

by Kevin H. on October 4, 2012 · 5 comments

How to smoke a whole chicken was one of the very first posts I did on this site.  I love chicken.  My wife loves chicken.  My kids love chicken.  My friends and family love chicken.

Apparently everyone loves chicken, because it is the most searched item, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Seriously.  Every single day.  I’m not kidding.  You people love your birds.

So, we have put together The Ultimate Chicken Guide.  This is everything you need to know about smoking a whole chicken and doing it to an extraordinary level.

Brine, Inject, Rub, Butter, Stuff, Smoke…posts, recipes, videos…all here.

Did I just hear clapping?

Oh stop it.  Please.  Really, stop.  You’re too kind.

Tips and Techniques

How To Stuff A Whole Chicken – Video

How To Inject A Whole Chicken  – Que-Tip Post and YouTube Video

How To Butter Rub A Whole Chicken – Video

How To Pull A Whole Chicken – Que-Tip Post and YouTube Video



Smoked Whole Chicken

 Beer Can Chicken

 Buttered Whole Chicken

Herb Devoured Whole Chicken

Leftover Recipes

Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Creamy Smoked Chicken Salad

Chicken Caesar Pita

Pulled Chicken Nachos

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Smoked Chicken Broth


Check out these and other delicious leftover ideas for pulled chicken!

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Mike Sluss May 10, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Followed your Directions and Brining is the way to go 6 Hr. Not dry at all so much juice was awesome Cherry wood not too smoky at all made a great Mothers Day thanks Kev.


Alan Derr August 7, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Last weekend I did this smoked chicken for a small party of 45-50 guests. Including my Dad. I pulled this chicken, placed it in steam pans, and served. I also did ribs and pulled pork shoulder. I got compliments on all of what I served. But the compliments I received on this chicken just blew me away! Even my stubborn and bull headed Dad said, “This is absolutely the best chicken I’ve ever had”. He also said, “I’ve never had anything like this”! My wife heard this and said, “You know what Pop?” “To hear that from your lips carries a whole lot of weight!”
I will work with tweaking some additional spices as I continue to use this recipe as my base. But man oh man. This is the cat’s meow!


Kevin H. August 8, 2014 at 7:34 am

That is a great story! Thank you for sharing Alan! Really happy you had so much success with the recipe.


Scott May 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I did the whole smoked chicken for Mothers Day today. I’t was awsome, my wife loved it.


Kevin May 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

That’s great to hear, Scott – thanks so much for giving feedback! Not much better than a deliciously smoked chicken.