The Smoked Big Bird

I wanted to make a chicken that is different and unlike other chicken recipes you have seen. This seasoning adds a bit of  crunch on the outside of the skin when it comes off the smoker. The key to this recipe is the breadcrumbs that are mixed into the seasoning that will coat the outside of the chicken. The breadcrumbs not only adds flavor to the chicken but it serves as a added barrier to the skin. For this recipe I cooked this chicken on my Bradley Smoker as seen below.


Bradley Smoker Story


Seasoning Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp black peppercorn ground
  • 1 tsp garlic sea salt ground
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  •  3 tbsp. olive oil

Injection Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth

Smoke Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 3 1/2 – 4 Hours
Temp Setting: 250 degrees F
Bisquettes Flavor: Apple
Chicken Completed Temp: 165 degrees F

Preparing to cook Directions:

  1.  Rinse off bird with cold water and dry off.
  2.  Coat the outside of the chicken with olive oil.
  3.  Mix remaining ingredients together and season the chicken. (Outside of skin, under the skin, and inside the bird).
  4. Mix together the injection and inject into the bird in 4-5 places. (Each leg and breast).
  5. Set overnight in the fridge.


  1.  Place the chicken on smoker rack.
  2.  Set the smoker to 250 degrees F and set the smoke time to 3 hours using Apple bisquettes.
  3. Smoke the chicken for about 3 1/2 hours or until the chicken internal temp is 165 degrees F.


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I use my ThermoWorks Smoke X4 to read my meats temperature. Click the link below to check out the Smoke X4.


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One thought

  1. Its the juiciest chicken I ever had. My kids even love it and that is saying something.

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