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Smoked Chicken Halves

Smoked chicken halves are the perfect meat when you have hungry eaters that show up at your house. Everyone gets their own and it is designed to please.
Course Entree
Cuisine Hot Smoking
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 4
Author Jeff Phillips


  • 2 whole chickens
  • Chicken brine ((recipe below))
  • Jeff’s rub recipe


Cut Chickens in Half

  • Remove backbone by cutting along both sides of the backbone with kitchen shears
  • Remove keel bone
  • Cut through center of chicken to divide into two halves
  • Watch video at http://youtu.be/PYVaWI3LaG0 for full instructions

Brine Chicken Halves

  • Place chickens into plastic or glass bowl with a lid
  • Mix 1 cup of koshers salt, 1 gallon of water and ¾ cup of brown sugar and stir until well dissolved.
  • Pour brine mixture over chicken until covered and refrigerate for 3 hours
  • After 3 hours, rinse chicken well under cold water

Smoking the Chicken

  • Set up smoker for cooking at about 225°F.
  • Place chicken directly on smoker grate
  • Smoke chicken for 3 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted in the leg or thigh measures 165°F
  • Serve immediately