|September 26, 2022


This smoked chicken recipe is everything you’d ever need in a chicken dish. Smoked chicken recipes like this one make other whole chicken recipes seem dry and tasteless. The important thing here is to be generous with the seasoning, and then be patient while the smoker does its work!

Smoking meat is one of the most unique and rewarding styles of cooking, and the most versatile meat to use is chicken without a doubt. You can smoke most of a chicken’s individual parts like smoked chicken wings (i.e., smoked wings), smoked chicken drumsticks, smoked chicken legs, and much more. And when you use Traeger’s grills, smoked chicken becomes even more delicious. In fact, you have Traeger Chicken Wings, Traeger whole chicken, and Trager beer can chicken!


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If you’ve never smoked whole chicken before, you might be a little nervous to start with. Don’t be! It’s quite simple! Probably the best thing about smoked whole chicken is how many different types of flavors you can add to it! The options are almost limitless. Some of the best flavors for smoked chicken are:

  • Lime and mint mojito-style
  • Hot sauce
  • Rich butter-based sauce
  • Cajun flavors
  • Teriyaki and ginger
  • Coconut milk (goes great with a curry-based rub!)

How to make a classic smoked whole chicken

This recipe is classic and simple and uses just a dry rub so it's a great way to start your journey with smoking chicken.


If you’ve never smoked whole chicken before, you might be a little nervous to start with. Don’t be! It’s quite simple!
Print Recipe
  • Course- Main Course 
  • Prep Time- 1 day 
  • Cook Time- 5 hours 
  • Total Time- 1 day 5 hours


For the Brine Mix

  • 1- Bottle of Beer
  • 1- Yellow Onion (roughly chopped)
  • 4- Garlic Cloves (Crushed)
  • 1 Cup- Water
  • 10 Pcs- Peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp- Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp- Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp- Mustard Seeds

For the Dry Rub

  • 1 Tbsp- Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp- Red hot chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp- Onion Powder
  • 2 Tsp- Mustard Powder
  • 1 Tsp- Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp- Tikka masala powder
  • 1 Tsp- Dried Thyme
  • ½ Tsp- Sea Salt
  • ½ Tsp- Ground Black Pepper

Other Ingredients

  • 1 Chicken (whole)
  • 1 Bag of Charcoal
  • 1-2 Bags Smoking Wood Chips (ideally, Applewood chips are best with this recipe)

Cooking Method

Brine Instructions

  • Mix the peppercorns, salt, syrup, water, peppercorns, and mustard seeds in a saucepan. Boil everything and continue till the salt dissolves completely.
  • Cool the mix in the fridge.
  • Keep your chicken in a large, resealable bag. Add the cooled brine, beer, garlic, and onion
  • Seal the bag tightly by forcing as much air out as possible. Refrigerate for a minimum of eight hours, preferably overnight.
  • Remove the chicken from the brine mixture and pat dry gently, from inside and out.
  • Now, mix all the ingredients for the rub.
  • Gently get the chicken skin loose and rub the spice mixture well both, under and on top of the skin, as well as the inside cavity.
  • Tightly wrap the chicken with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Unwrap the chicken and keep it in a prepared smoker.
  • Smoke at 225-250°F till the meat thermometer reads 165˚F, at its thickest part (or the breast) 
  • Take the chicken out from the smoker, wrap a piece of foil over it, and keep it at rest for a minimum of 10 minutes before serving.
  • That’s all! Go ahead and pair your delicious smoked chicken with amazing, mashed potatoes, dried fruits, salads, or pasta for a truly robust meal. 


Serving Size: 1 (367g) | Calories: 276 | Total Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 544mg | Sodium: 1548.4 mg | Total Carbohydrate: 11g | Dietary Fiber: 1.2g | Sugars: 0.7g | Protein: 41.1g | Calcium: 51.3mg | Iron: 6.3mg | Vitamin C: 11.2mg


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