Smoked Half Chicken | Recipe for BBQ Chicken Halves on the Big Green Egg


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To start you’ll need a whole chicken in the 6lb range. Remove the chicken from the packaging and check the cavity for liver/gizzards.

Next split the chicken into 2 halves. Place it breast side down on a cutting board and use a knife to make a cut on each side of the backbone. I find it easiest to come in with kitchen shears at this point and cut right through the bones.

Remove the backbone and continue to cut right down the middle of the breastbone going all the way through the skin. This will separate the chicken into 2 pieces.

Season each side of the halves with Killer Hogs AP Rub followed by a light coat of Killer Hogs The BBQ Rub on both sides (you can use your favorite seasoning here). Now fire up the grill and bring the cooking temperature to 275⁰. I’m using the Big Green Egg today but any grill/smoker set up for indirect cooking will do the job.

Throw a couple chunks of pecan wood on the hot coals and place the chicken on the cooking rack. Touch up the skin as needed with additional dry rub.

Let the Half Chicken smoke for 1 hour then insert a probe thermometer into the thickest part of the breast. Set the alarm for 160⁰ and continue to cook. If the skin looks dry you can spray it with a little vegetable cooking spray to prevent it from shrinking or turning dark.

While the chicken cooks make the Glaze.

Spicy Peach BBQ Glaze:
– 1 cup Killer Hogs The BBQ Sauce
– 1/2 cup Captain Rodney’s Peach Boucan Sauce
– 2 Tablespoons Butter

Combine the glaze ingredients in a small pan over medium heat. It’ll take about 5 minutes to come together just be sure to stir it occasionally.

When the breast hits 160⁰, brush the warm glaze over each half and set the thermometer for 165⁰. These chicken halves are done when the internal temp reaches 165⁰ in the breast and 175⁰ in the thigh. Be sure to give them a short rest before serving.

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  1. A chef can never listen to others, he aspires to crush everyone in white, nice video I wonder though, it's getting to the extreme now , 20.00 for a little bitty bottle of what Mrs. dash, #3 spices sell for $$$$$$$ , I just don't see it lasting , mentally crippled people are every where on the net, but 100.00 for a 12oz jar? I just don't care about my steak that much,ya know .

  2. this worked beautifully for me. I used a small master built electric smoker with apple wood. Great recipe. I found a rub recipe that uses some ground espresso beans in it for chicken on Epicurious. Sounded weird but worked great. I made my own BBQ sauce from a basic recipe and added about a cup of some really juicy cherries we had around. I made it for house guests from Georgia and they were impressed. These are the best instructional videos. Thanks.

  3. I did some half chickens with your rubs just like this the other day and glazed them with some Candied Jalapeno BBQ Sauce! OMG they were amazing! I have a Zesty Peach BBQ sauce I am going to try next.

  4. Hey Malcolm
    I've been watching your videos for a while now, one of my favorite BBQ channels 👍🏼
    I just have a quick question, when should I marinate chicken and when shouldn't I? I noticed in some of your videos you marinate for hours and sometimes you don't marinate at all. Is that to say that marinating doesn't make a huge difference with chicken?


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