How to Smoke a Whole Chicken?

Smoking a whole chicken is potentially the most mainstream meat that I smoke. It might just pork ribs that I smoke more frequently than a whole bird.

We love smoked chicken, and it is far better than any rotisserie chicken you can buy at the supermarket. The meat is sodden and succulent with a bright smokey flavor.

Something other we love about smoked chicken is that it is remarkable for extras. We generally make additional items, realizing that the meat will be extraordinary in wraps, sandwiches, or on pizza. Utilize the remains to make some smoked chicken stock for a soup with such a lot of flavor.

Here is a formula for my Smoked Chicken Chowder Soup. It is AMAZING!

Ensure that you liberally rub the chicken with a decent bar-b-que flavor rub before putting it in the smoker.

Steve’s Basic BBQ Rub

This is my ‘go-to’ rub that is incredible with such countless things, including chicken.

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Set the smoker for 250F. A few best pellet smokers in 2021 work more in a ‘temperature range.’ If that is the situation, keep it over 250F. Anyplace between 250-275F is incredible.

Poultry is incredible with various wood decisions. A portion of the wood I typically use is hickory, apple, oak, walnut, and maple. For this specific Smoke, I utilized Bradley’s Whiskey Oak wood bisquettes. They brought about a truly decent flavor.

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Smoke the chicken until the inner temperature of the leg arrives at 165F.

Some electric smokers battle to fresh up the skin.

The flavor of the meat is stunning. However, the skin can be on the rubbery side. It could be essential to move the chicken to your stove throughout the previous 30 minutes or something like that if you love firm skin.

I have done this, and it functions admirably. For this situation, eliminate the chicken from the smoker when the inside temperature is around 145-150F. Spot the bird in a 375F broiler and cook until the inner temperature is 165F.

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Let the chicken rest 15-20 minutes prior to cutting. This will step every one of the juices back into the bird.

Bradley, Traeger, Masterbuilt, Cookshack, and different smokers bring about astonishing chicken!

While most pictures show the chickens being smoked in an electric smoker, I also love to cook them in my pellet barbecue. The image simply above shows six whole chickens in my pellet barbecue, and they are astounding!! Ideal for a significant BBQ party!!

To smoke the chickens in a pellet barbecue, adhere to similar guidelines concerning the electric smoker.

Instructions to Smoke a Whole Chicken utilizing an Electric Smoker

Bit by bit guidelines for smoking a whole chicken with a last inward temperature of 165F. Incredible for electric smokers, pellet, barbecue, and the sky is the limit from there. Bradley, Traeger, Masterbuilt, Cookshack, and different smokers bring about astounding chicken!

Planning Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Complete Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 4


at least one whole chickens

3 tbsp of rub for every whole chicken


Arrangement up the smoker for 250F utilizing wood of decision. Some incredible wood choices for poultry are hickory, apple, oak, walnut, and maple. I utilized Bradley’s Whiskey Oakwood for this Smoke.

Flush the chicken under cool water. Trim any abundance of skin or fat around the neck region or in and around the bird’s hole.

Tie the legs together utilizing kitchen string or butcher’s twine. Whenever wanted, overlay the wings back and under the back. This isn’t required, however decent for show.

Liberally rub the bird with the flavor rub. Ensure that you get all spaces of the chicken covered with the flavors, as this will incredibly upgrade the flavor.

Spot the birds on the smoker racks and leave them in the smoker until they arrive at an interior temperature of 165F. The time it takes to arrive at this temperature shifts significantly. Contingent upon the smoker and the measure of food you are smoking, it can take somewhere in the range of 3-5 hours.

Let the chicken rest for 15-20 minutes before cutting.