Whole Chickens

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by funk, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. funk

    funk Smoke Blower

    I am smoking two whole chickens tomorrow. They are about 7lbs apiece and I am using the beer can method. How long should they cook for at 230 degrees? I thought that I read it is about 30 minutes per pound. Anyone have a rub recipe to share? Thanks.
  2. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Google up Memphis Rub. I would up your heat though. 250 to 275, maybe 3 to 3 1/2 hours. This will get you some rubbery skin though, so if you want it crispy, smoke at 325º. If you smoker cannot hit that temp, try moving it to a gas or charcoal grill for a time to crisp it up.
  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Get a thermometer and check the deepest part of the thigh, at 165*F it will be done. Yhat saves the breast from getting too dry.[​IMG]
    Chicken Rub:
    1/4cup-lt. brown sugar
    1tbls.-Onion powder
    2tbls.-season Salt
    1/2 tsp. each-Garlic powder , Chili powder , Lemon Pepper , ground Basil , ground Rosemary , Ceyenne
    1tbls.-ground Sage
    Mix and put in container in a dry place and dust Fowl liberaly several hours before cooking. Cook @ 225*F until 165*F in thigh.

    Enjoy and
  4. Ain't nothin better than a chicken cooked with a beer can up it's butt! Have fun and enjoy.
  5. hoser

    hoser Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

  6. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Most all poultry will run you somewhere in the 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 range for the most part, though for legal reasons I will of course mention go by temp not time.
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm glad somebody threw in the not by time but by temp. You have very large birds there. Sounds like you have a plan and I'm sure you have a thermo-meter. For your rub there is a whole section here with differant rubs I personally like the old bay rub it has alittle kick or I have used Shooter Ricks snake bitten chicken rub and it's really great and it's in that section too.
    Here's a link to that section. Give it a shot and happy smoking

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