Tender, juicy BBQ Dry Rub Smoked Whole Chicken with a homemade BBQ Dry Rub that are smoked to perfection. This Smoked Whole Chicken is delicious easy smoker recipe that anyone can make!
Smoked Whole Chicken
Juicy, tender chicken with a delicious smoky flavor that you have made! How does that sound? Whole chickens are one of my favorite things to make, but during the winter I typically just put them in the crock pot. During the summer we put a delicious BBQ Chicken Rub on them that’s homemade, then put them on the pellet grill. After three hours or so, depending on the size of your chicken, you’re left with a tender, juicy BBQ Dry Rub Smoked Whole Chicken!
I kind of threw my hands up in defeat before I even started.
We’ve tried a few of those recipes, but the ones we keep going back to are the easy ones. The ones that take about three hours or less and we still get delicious, tender meat with that amazing smoker taste.
That’s just how we roll.
I’m assuming that you are reading this and probably thinking the same thing.
Complicated, time consuming recipes are great once in a while, but it’s really nice to have some easy ones for the smoker too. You know the ones even your wife can make 😉
Dry Rub for Smoked Chicken
My husband is more the smoker master around here and I’m the one in the kitchen prepping the meat. After we do the hand off he’s in charge outside. It works, I don’t mind it because it gets me off the hook!
I loved this smoked whole chicken because it took me about 5 minutes to rub the seasoning on, hand if off to the hubs who threw it on the smoker and we walked away. Literally. Never opened it up until the thermometer read 165 degrees F. Then we took it off and let it rest about 10 minutes.
You guys, if the smoker is slightly intimidating to you. This is the recipe to start with. It doesn’t get much easy than this one!
Plus, we love to throw two of these on the smoker and then use one of them for leftovers. It makes great sandwiches, wraps and pizzas! Mmmmm Grilled Pizza!
How to Make BBQ Dry Rub Smoked Whole Chicken:
Preheat your smoker to 250 degrees. We used competition blend pellets in our pellet grill, but hickory, apple, pecan and maple would be great too!
Rinse the chicken under cold water. Pat dry. Trim any excess skin or fat around neck area on in the cavity of the bird. Then rub the chicken with dry rub liberally.
Place chicken on smoker. Close pellet grill lid and cook at 250 degrees for about 3 hours for 3.5 lb chicken or until chicken has reached 165 degrees F.
Let rest 5-10 minutes and then enjoy!
There are several rubs on the blog – be sure and find one that you like!
COMPLETE YOUR MEAL WITH THESE RECIPES:
- BBQ Baked Beans On the Grill
- Smoked Stuffing
- Grilled Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread
- Grilled Caesar Salad
BBQ Dry Rub Smoked Whole Chicken
- 1 whole chicken
- 3 Tbsp BBQ Chicken Rub
- Set smoker to 250 degrees F using wood of your choice. We used competition blend wood, but hickory, apple, oak, pecan and maple would be great too!
- Rinse the chicken under cold water. Pat dry. Trim any excess skin or fat around neck area on in the cavity of the bird.
- Generously rub the chicken with dry rub. Make sure you get all areas of the chicken covered with the spices.
- Place the chicken on the smoker rack and close lid. Cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. This can very by chicken size. Ours took about 3 hours and was 3.5 lbs.