BBQ Smoked Chicken

Serves 4


  • 1 (3-4 lb) whole or split chicken

Spice Mix Rub

  • ¼ cup paprika
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley


  • gas-fired wood-burning smoker (used in this video) or freestanding charcoal smoker
  • coals or dry seasoned wood
  • meat thermometer


  1. Rub the inside and outside of chicken with the Spice Mix Rub or your favorite BBQ poultry rub, coating the chicken completely
  2. Let chicken sit 10-15 minutes to give the flavors time to meld
  3. Heat smoker to 220º
  4. Place chicken in the smoker, split side down. (Place whole chicken in the smoker on its back)
  5. Smoke 3-4 hours or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 160º.  You can use any dry seasoned hard wood, but hickory was used in this recipe
  6. Once finished allow chicken to rest for about 5 minutes
  7. Cut into quarters, or shred apart, and enjoy!