A whole chicken is by far the easiest and friendliest smoking project you can take on. Don’t believe me? Simply try this recipe. I and many others started with whole chickens and before you know it you’re tackling beef roast, ribs, and even shrimp. Smoking food is a fun hobby and produces amazing tasting food.
How to smoke a whole chicken
I recently picked up a two-pack of whole chickens at Costco. Each chicken is roughly 4-5 lbs and the total cost for both was roughly $10.00. Just another reason why smoking chicken is a great project for both folks new to the hobby and seasoned experts.
- Heat your pellet smoker to 225 degrees.
- Remove the chicken from the package, rinse the meat under cool water and pat dry with some paper towels.
- Cover the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Add your meat thermometer or probe (I use the iGrill Mini)
- Place your chicken on the pellet smoker.
- The chicken needs roughly 2.5 hours or when your thermometer reads 165 degrees
Crispy Skin Fanatics Please Read
Since this chicken is smoke at a really low temperature the skin by default is softer. If you’re like me and crave crispy chicken then you’ll love this tip. Once your chicken hits 140 degrees, crank your pellet grill up to 400-450 for the remaining 20 minutes or until your chicken finishes reaching 165 degrees.
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Smoked Salt and Pepper Whole Chicken
- pellet smoker
- Smoker Pellets
- iGrill Temp Probe
- 2 tbsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp pepper
- Rinse chicken under water and pat dry.
- Rub chicken with salt and pepper
- Place chicken on pellet smoker once it reaches 250 degrees
- increase smoker temp to 400-450 if you want crisper skin for the last 20-25 minutes