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Smoked Campfire Chicken

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When my family is camping, we cook a lot of things right in foil to make it quick and easy. I was thinking about this process a while back and wondered how campfire chicken would taste if it were cooked in the smoker. Imagine smoked campfire chicken with some sausage, potatoes, onion, corn and even carrots thrown in for good measure.

As it turns out, smoked campfire chicken is really good and it’s also really quick and easy.

Helpful Information

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Smoker Temp: 240°F
  • Meat Finish Temp: 170°F
  • Recommended Wood: Pecan
What You’ll Need
  • 4-6 Chicken quarters, skinless
  • Jeff’s original rub
  • small potatoes
  • baby carrots
  • 1-2 large red onions
  • 4-6 ears of corn (cleaned and cut in half)
  • 2-3 links of smoked sausage
  • 18-inch heavy duty foil
Remove the Skin from the Chicken Quarters

I wanted to use skinless chicken quarters for this recipe so I purchased the quarters and took the skin off myself.

Just get a good hold on it at the larger thigh end and pull it toward the leg and it will come clean off. I skinned four of these in just a minute or so.

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Parboil the Carrots and Potatoes

Unfortunately, everything in the foil gets done before the potatoes and carrots get soft so you have a few options:

  1. Serve the vegetables crunchy
  2. Overcook the chicken while the potatoes and carrots get done
  3. Pre-cook the potatoes and carrots a little bit

Option number 3 is your best bet in my opinion and it’s super easy and can be done while you are skinning the chicken, making up the rub, etc.

Simply fill a pot with your potatoes and carrots and cover them with water. Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for about 5 minutes for small carrots and potatoes.

Note: some folks boil the water first then add the carrots/potatoes but it is ok in this instance to start everything together.

Pour the potatoes and carrots into a colander and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process.

They are now ready to use in the foil with everything else and they’ve been given a sufficient head start.

Prepare the Foil Packages

Place the skinned chicken onto the center of a piece of foil that is about 18×18 inches square.

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Pile some sausage pieces, potatoes, carrots, a quarter of an onion and a half ear of corn around the chicken.

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Sprinkle some of my Texas style rub  onto the chicken, sausage and vegetables.

Normally I just use my original rub by itself on most things but, in my opinion, it needs some extra saltiness and the Texas style rub does the trick.

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Now sprinkle about 2-3 tablespoons of Jeff’s original rub  onto the top of everything for amazing flavor.

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Add a tablespoon of butter on top..

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Roll up the edges of the foil around the meat and vegetables to form a bowl shape.

Be sure to leave it open for now to allow the smoke in

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Get That Smoker Ready

Set up your smoker for cooking at about 240°F although it would not be unheard of to take it on up to 275°F or so if you need to get them done faster. Chicken handles high heat quite well.

Be sure to have enough Pecan or other smoking wood for about 1 hour of smoke.

Note: if you need further help with your smoker, please see the following pages:

Smoke the Campfire Chicken

Place the foil “bowls” of chicken, sausage and vegetables into the smoker and let them smoke away for about 1 hour.

After one hour, pull the foil together at the top and pinch it closed.

Note: it is not important for it to be air tight. Close it the best you can and call it good.

I recommend placing a probe from a digital probe meat thermometer such as the Maverick ET-733 into one of the pieces of chicken before closing it up so you will know when it is done. Chicken is safe to eat at 165°F  but I like to take these chicken quarters just a few degrees higher to make them a little more tender.

I shoot for 170°F on these.

You can also check the temperature periodically using the improved ThermoPop digital pocket thermometer which reads in 3-4 seconds (that’s fast), is splash-proof and is being offered now for only $29. One of my favorite toys.. er, tools;-)

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Serve it Up

Have plates already setting on the table with a single paper towel on the plate (to protect the plate from grease from the smoker grates)

When the chicken is done, lay a foil packet on each plate and call Dinner!

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Notes/Comments:
  1. This could also be done with pork chops, meatballs, pieces of ham, etc. instead of chicken
  2. For even more flavor, brine the chicken for about 2 hours in a solution of 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of kosher salt and ¾ cup of brown sugar.

Printable Recipe

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Smoked Campfire Chicken

Chicken, sausage, potatoes, onion, corn and even carrots thrown onto a piece of foil and cooked in the smoker.

  • Author: Jeff Phillips
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Hot Smoking

Ingredients

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  • 46 Chicken quarters ((, skinless))
  • Jeff’s rub
  • small potatoes
  • baby carrots
  • 12 large red onions
  • 46 ears of corn (((cleaned and cut in half)))
  • 23 links of smoked sausage
  • 18– inch heavy duty foil

Instructions

Remove the Skin from the Chicken Quarters

  1. Get a good hold on skin at the larger thigh end and pull it toward the leg and it will come clean off.

Parboil the Carrots and Potatoes

  1. Fill a pot with your potatoes and carrots and cover them with water. Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for about 5 minutes for small carrots and potatoes.
  2. Pour the potatoes and carrots into a colander and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process.

Prepare the Foil Packages

  1. Place the skinned chicken onto the center of a piece of foil that is about 18×18 inches square.
  2. Pile some sausage pieces, potatoes, carrots, a quarter of an onion and a half ear of corn around the chicken.
  3. Sprinkle some of my Texas style rub (recipe included when you purchase the recipes for my original rub and sauce) onto the chicken, sausage and vegetables.
  4. Now sprinkle about 2-3 tablespoons of Jeff’s original rub onto the top of everything for amazing flavor.
  5. Add a tablespoon of butter on top..
  6. Roll up the edges of the foil around the meat and vegetables to form a bowl shape.
  7. Be sure to leave it open for now to allow the smoke in

Smoke the Campfire Chicken

  1. Set up your smoker for cooking at about 240°F although it would not be unheard of to take it on up to 275°F or so if you need to get them done faster. Chicken handles high heat quite well.
  2. Be sure to have enough Pecan or other smoking wood for about 1 hour of smoke.
  3. Place the foil “bowls” of chicken, sausage and vegetables into the smoker and let them smoke away for about 1 hour.
  4. After one hour, pull the foil together at the top and pinch it closed.
  5. Place a probe from a digital probe meat thermometer into one of the pieces of chicken before closing it up so you will know when it is done.
  6. I shoot for 170°F on these.

Serve it Up

  1. Have plates already setting on the table with a single paper towel on the plate (to protect the plate from grease from the smoker grates)
  2. When the chicken is done, lay a foil packet on each plate and call Dinner!

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  1. I cannot find how to contact you, other than this.
    I bought your rub and sauce recipes. Do I get a copy of Texas rub or is that extra? I get two copies of your newsletter and they both have ads. I have sent this message before. What gives?
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  2. Jeff, I am looking at getting your book and I see it is on kindle. I’m guessing like your newsletter your book has quite a few pictures and me being a visual guy, I like that. Does the Kindle have the pictures? I have an older kindle so if there are pics I would guess they are in black and white. I am probably leaning toward the paperback but was jusr curious.Thanks
    Lee

    1. The book does have quite a few pictures and illustrations.

      I have not seen the kindle version on an older kindle but I think it would still show the pictures in black/white. I will have to find someone who has an older kindle and check this out.

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