Weber BBQ chicken recipe
Here's an easy barbecued chicken that requires no attention to the cooker's temperature. It's a good choice for your first cook in a new Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker.
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What You'll Need For This Recipe
Important: This recipe may not work if you do not use Kingsford Charcoal Briquets and a Weber Chimney Starter for measuring the amount of charcoal used.
The amount of charcoal used in this recipe is overkill, but it ensures that no matter what the conditions, your WSM will run nice and hot, and you won't run out of fuel before the chicken is cooked. You can experiment with using less fuel the next time you cook this recipe.
Choose The Smoke Wood
Use three chunks of oak, apple, cherry, or other mild fruit wood. As an alternative, you can use two chunks of any of these and one chunk of hickory. Do not use mesquite for this recipe.
Each smoke wood chunk should be small, for example 3" x 2" x 2" or similar.
There is no need to soak the wood or remove the bark before use.
Learn More Later: All About Smoke Woods
Prepare The Rub
Mix up a batch of this dry rub.
Prepare The Chicken
Remove the backbone from each chicken and split into two halves:
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
Sprinkle a moderate amount of rub on both sides of the chicken halves.
Learn More Later: Chicken Selection & Preparation and How To Butterfly A Chicken
Fire The Cooker
Spread the hot coals evenly over the charcoal grate (Photo 6).
Measure another 1/2 chimney of unlit briquettes and spread them evenly over the hot coals (Photo 7).
When all the briquettes are covered with gray ash, place the smoke wood chunks on top of the coals (Photo 8).
Now assemble the cooker:
You're now ready to cook!
Learn More Later: Firing Up Your Weber Bullet, How To Use A Chimney Starter, and Using A Water Pan In Weber Smokers
Barbecue The Chicken
Arrange the chicken skin-side up on the grate and put the lid in place.
Set the lid vent and the three bottom vents 100% open and leave them that way throughout the entire cooking process.
You'll see a lot of smoke coming out of the lid vent and maybe from around the lid and access door. This is completely normal and will eventually subside.
Cook the chicken for 45 minutes. No peeking allowed!
When you hit the 45 minute mark, remove the lid, quickly brush the skin with a thin coat of your favorite barbecue sauce, and replace the lid.
Crisp The Skin
As a final step, crisp the chicken skin directly over the hot coals:
Serve the chicken immediately with extra barbecue sauce on the side.