Smoked Garlic Chicken

This whole roasted chicken recipe is seasoned with lemon juice, garlic, and parsley before smoke cooking.

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Grill: 3 hrs 15 mins smoke
  • Stand: 15 mins
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Smoked Garlic Chicken
Ingredients
10
apple or cherry wood chunks
1
6 pound whole roasting chicken
1
lemon
2
teaspoons dried parsley
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon black pepper
2
Directions
  1. At least 1 hour before smoke cooking, soak wood chunks in enough water to cover. Drain before using.
  2. Rinse the inside of the chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Finely shred enough peel from the lemon to equal 2 teaspoons. For rub, in a small bowl combine lemon peel, parsley, salt, pepper, and garlic. Halve the lemon, then squeeze the juice from one half over the entire surface of the chicken. Sprinkle rub evenly over chicken; rub in with your fingers. Place both lemon halves in the chicken cavity. Skewer the neck skin to the back. Tie legs to tail. Twist wing tips under back.
  3. Insert a meat thermometer into the center of an inside thigh muscle, making sure tip does not touch bone.
  4. In a smoker arrange preheated coals, drained wood chunks, and water pan according to the manufacturers directions. Pour water into pan. Place chicken, breast side up, on grill rack over water pan. Cover and smoke for 3-1/4 to 4 hours or until thermometer registers 180 degrees F. Add additional coals and water as needed to maintain temperature and moisture.
  5. Remove chicken from smoker. Cover with foil and let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Remove and discard lemon halves from chicken cavity before serving. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Nutrition Facts (Smoked Garlic Chicken)
    Per serving:
  • 690 kcal cal.,
  • 50 g fat
  • (14 g sat. fat,
  • 237 mg chol.,
  • 372 mg sodium,
  • 1 g carb.,
  • 56 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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