First smoked chicken!

PattiA

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Last night's dinner included my first smoked chicken and some smoked potatoes. I'm very happy with how both turned out. I loosely followed this recipe: https://www.vindulge.com/smoked-whole-chicken/ I used a modification of the rub linked in the recipe. Mainly, I used mostly Sweet Hungarian Paprika with a bit of Smoked Paprika becasue I didn't want the smoked paprika to be the dominant flavor. My chicken was from a local farm, about 5.75 Heritage breed. I applied the dry rub Thursday night and let it sit uncovered in the fridge til around 2pm Friday. After an hour out of the fridge, I stuffed the cavity with the garlic, onion, and lemon. Started the EX4 with SmokeBoost and ran SmokeBoost until the probe read 100F, it was a little over an hour. After an hour, I increased the EX4 temp to 300F, over the next hour, I increased the temp to 325F then 350F. No real reason for doing that other than I was trying to time the chicken to be done at a certain time. Meanwhile, I put a pan of small yukon gold potatoes tossed with avocado oil, salt, and pepper on the top rack. I rounded out our meal with the first of the year steamed local corn. Next time, the corn goes on the smoker too! The chicken was perfect. Succulent and well flavored. Right now the carcass and the corn cobs are in my Instant Pot making smoked chicken and corn stock. This was the first of many smoked chickens for us. It has been about 10 years since I've cooked a whole chicken without spatchcoking it. The next one will be spatchcocked.
 

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that looks and sound spectacular. Just a heads up. I’ve done corn on the cob on the SmokeFire and didn’t have it hot enough and they kind of didn’t turn out. Kind of mushy and icky. I suggest high temp for your corn.
 
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Thanks for the tip about the corn. I'll wait til I am doing some high temp grilling to try it.
 

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