Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Smoked Whole Chicken With An Oriental Twist

Many of my ideas recently have been from finding a bargain on some cut of meat, then thinking of ways to prepare it. Such was the case when I found two whole young chickens marked down 50% at the grocery recently. I wanted to brine them, then smoke them, then decided to jazz up the brine with a few extra goodies.

Here is the brine that I concocted, I totally winged this and made it up on the fly:

1 gallon of water
1 cup canning salt
1 cup soy sauce
1 Tablespoon powdered ginger
1 Tablespoon powdered lemon peel
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tablespoon onion powder

I mixed all of this together well in a plastic tub and placed the whole chickens into all of this.

To keep the chicken submerged in the brine I placed a plate on top of the chickens, then put the lid on

The tub went into the refrigerator for almost 24 hours. After that I drained the chicken well and patted it dry. Next I put it on my smoker, I had to use both racks to keep the chicken spaced well apart to get a good smoke on all of it.

This is what they looked like after 4 hours of smoking

Next I wrapped them in heavy-duty aluminum foil with a little water, and placed them in a 350 degree oven to bring them up to a safe temperature of 160 degrees.

Here is one of them when it was all done.

This may have been the best chicken I have ever tasted. However, the spices weren't as pronounced as much as I had wanted. The next time I do this (probably soon!) I will increase the amount of soy sauce, ginger and lemon. This was really good though!


  1. Does the meat actually take on the smokey flavor or just the skin? I once had a chicken smoked and once the skin was removed the chicken did not taste like much at all. It was disappointing. I want smoked and seasoning flavor throughout the whole bird.

  2. MiskinLadi
    First, I apologize for the very late response. Yes, though this turned out very well, a lot of the smoke flavor goes into the skin. However, I have skinned several birds before smoking since then and it seems to make a big difference.