Smoked Bucket Chicken (Native American Style Chicken)

Total Time
3hrs 35mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This chicken will be the best dang bird you'll ever taste in your life, that is unless you have Ralph S. cook it for you. I suggest you fry up some cubed seasoned potatoes and serve the chicks with those on the side. DANG IS THAT CHICKEN GOOD!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 whole chickens
  • butter (spray butter)
  • 2 cups hickory chips (2 cups/2 handfuls)
  • 4 tablespoons garlic seasoned pepper, season to liking or 4 tablespoons seasoning, of choice season to liking

Directions

  1. Well, you're going to need as well:.
  2. A 5 gallon metal bucket (paint burned off).
  3. 3 wooden stakes.
  4. Tin foil (15x15).
  5. 8 lb. bag of matchlight charcoal.
  6. Cotton string (about 3-4 ft.).
  7. Make or acquire 3 sturdy wooden stakes. Drive them into ground after laying down foil.
  8. Place the stakes close enough together so that you can fit the three chickens on them and still fit bucket over them].
  9. Place seasoned chickens, breasts outwards, on stakes, and tie string around them tightly so that when cooking, nothing falls off.
  10. Once chickens are placed and tied, spray a lot of butter all around the chickens and season them some more.
  11. You're almost there!
  12. Place hickory chips around and underneath the chickens.
  13. Put bucket over chickens and pour all the charcoal around the bucket.
  14. Light it up!
  15. The chickens should cook for at least 3-3 1/2 hours.

Reviews

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What a great sounding camping or picnic recipe! Yum! I think I'll go track down an large oblong, metal "party bucket" that is used to put ice and beer in. (Or small washtub??) You're basically making a rough dutch oven. (If you want to do the dutch oven, put some hickory chips in a piece of heavy duty foil, and poke a hole in it. You can do it on a charcoal grill that way too- but it won't be as fun!) I cook for Civil War reenactors. Sounds like a good recipe for them!

Laurann August 20, 2009

I haven't tried this, yet, but I'm going to soon. It sounds like it will be fun for a party. HOWEVER! I have done something similar. Put your whole chicken on a half full can of beer. The grill is much easier to work with than the ground. Where or where can I get a 5 gallon metal bucket??????

chryschrys February 12, 2009

Are you serious....lol

JGWILSKE June 12, 2008

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