By Pokey in San Antonio, TX on January 26, 2006
Photo by Queen Dragon Mom
Photo by Queen Dragon Mom
"This recipe is a lot of work if you are not "the more ingredients/steps the better" kind of cook. Even if you are not, you'll find it worth it; especially if you are cooking for a large group. In the end, the chicken will taste better than any chicken has a right to--your guests will be speechless. I recommend doing a several whole chickens cut in half, or 1/4 chickens (big thigh/drumstick pieces), and/or whole breasts. The idea is big pieces are best, and all about the same size/thickness. Prep time does not include time spent in the brine, prepping the smoker, the grill, etc. I got the brine recipe off the internet. It's called Don's Poultry Brine and is the best I've ever come across. I use it for brining turkeys as well. You may well ask "why brine at all?" Poultry will get very dry during the smoking process. Brining the poultry will result in tasty, moist meat."
Serving Size: 1 (906 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 12
"I cut the brine down to 1/2 gallon, and soaked 2 split game hens in it for about 8 hours.They came off of the smoker tender, juicy, and delicious! Often, I've had game hens get very dry after 2 hours of smoking, but these were perfect. The mop also kept the skin for getting hard and tough. The flavor of the meat was wonderful, and I would be very happy to use this recipe and method again. Thanks for posting!"
"Truly an outstanding recipe well deserving of 5 stars. The chicken was moist and well seasoned throughout. The brine and mop sauce was reduced by half and was plenty for a large chicken and 4 turkey drumsticks."
"After hearing about this recipe on the Aussie/Kiwi forum, I had to try it. I halved the recipe, so I used 4.5 litres of water for the brine and I had the whole chicken sitting in the brine overnight. To cook the chicken I also used a rotisserie because I don't have a smoker. The chicken was so tender and very yummy. Thank you Pokey in San Antonio, TX"
"What a fabulous recipe that produces an amazing flavour. The chickens are so juicy and tender. We used this to cook two size 21 chickens on Christmas Day using the rotisserie on our BBQ and cooking as slowly as possible. I brined overnight. Thanks to Peter J for steering me towards this recipe."
"This produced an absolutely beautiful result using a smoker box in a gas grill. I used two whole chickens, unfortunately I had a flare up when browing on the rotisserie (nothing to do with the recipe) so can't comment on the glaze, but the brine and mop kept the chicken super moist while allowing it to take up the smoke really well. ETA - I made again on Christmas day and the glaze was beautiful as well!"
"This is WAY too good. You are right, it tastes better than any chicken has a right to. My gracious, between the brine, the mop and the glaze.... Thank you so much. We will use this one again and again. When I used whole chickens I put them one the rotisserie to finish. Worked great and no sticking to the grill."