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Smoked BBQ Chicken

Dive into the rich, smoky flavors of our Smoked BBQ Chicken recipe—a culinary journey that transforms a humble bird into a mouthwatering masterpiece. This recipe combines the art of smoking with a tantalizing blend of barbecue spices, ensuring every bite is a symphony of savory goodness.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 whole chicken (about 4-5 lbs)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Wood chips for smoking (hickory or applewood recommended)
  • BBQ sauce for basting

Preparation Steps:

  1. Prepare the Chicken: Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Rub olive oil over the entire surface for a golden, crispy skin.
  2. Create the Spice Rub: In a bowl, combine paprika, brown sugar, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, thyme, and oregano. Mix well.
  3. Season the Chicken: Sprinkle the spice rub generously over the chicken, ensuring even coverage. Rub the spices into the skin and cavity.
  4. Preheat the Smoker: Set up your smoker and preheat it to 225°F (107°C). Add wood chips for that authentic smoky flavor.
  5. Smoke the Chicken: Place the seasoned chicken on the smoker grate. Smoke for about 3-4 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  6. Baste with BBQ Sauce: In the final hour, baste the chicken with your favorite BBQ sauce, adding a glossy finish and a burst of extra flavor.
  7. Rest and Carve: Allow the smoked BBQ chicken to rest for 15 minutes before carving. This helps retain juices for a succulent result.

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