My very first Chicken or anything for that matter of fact. Success and Failure Method: New Electric Smoker (a gift) with a full front door. The big door screws with the temp something awful. Chicken: 4.5 lbs Cooked time: 4.5 hours in the lowest rack near the hot plate. (I didnâ€™t have a thermo. to insert.) Cooking temps: Up and down from 200 to 275. Every hour sprayed on Pam for the Grillâ€¦(it was easy and fast) I had to get that door closed. Brine: I went by the basic one I got hereâ€¦.Tasted fabulous. The Brine is brilliant. It was Jeff's. Results: The flavor from the brine saved the day, but the bird was dry. I wrapped the chicken in foil and let it restâ€¦Not much improvement, so I misted it several times and the moisture helped. The 5 Yukon Gold potatoes doused with olive oil and 4 large garlic cloves were placed on the top rack for the entire 4.5 hours. They came out Perfectâ€¦.Taste, texture, color, garlicy. Yum. The 3 garlic cloves swimming in olive oil in the foil enclosure on the bottom shelf burned to the foilâ€¦.Mental note to self: Use the top shelf for the garlic and less cooking time for the bird. All in all: for my first time, I am very pleased. I made chicken salad this morning. The flavor is great. Iâ€™m off to take the 5 day courseâ€¦.Thanks for all the great and generous advice. Iâ€™m going to do a chicken againâ€¦practice-practice-practiceâ€¦.