I’m quite excited at my new kitchen equipment I got as gift– a Masterbuilt smoker! I’ve always wanted to have one so I can try different flavor-rubs and smoking recipes. So here’s my first attempt to smoke a whole chicken using Mesquite wood chips.
First, I pre-seasoned the smoker as per instruction manual, day prior to using it. When the chicken was done, it was gloriously moist and soft. You can taste the mesquite in every part of the chicken plus the spicy-sweet sesame rub that coated the chicken made it so deliciously aromatic. How else can you make your summer cookout turn special but smoking your own chicken, how cool is that!
MESQUITE-SMOKED SESAME CHICKEN
Yield: 3-4 Servings
You need —
* chicken – whole, dressed and thawed
* sesame oil
* dry rub: 1 tbsp. each
(garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, ginger powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, dry oregano)
* brown sugar – 3 tbsp. mix into dry rub
* salt – 2 tbsp. mix into dry rub
* mesquite wood chips – I cup
* meat thermometer
To prepare —
1. Warm up the smoker for at least 15 minutes before use. Set it at 225 0F.
2. Soak the mesquite wood chips in water for 30 minutes. Then place it in the chip loader when ready to use.
3. Gather all ingredients and dry spices for the rub.
4. Rinse and pat dry the chicken using paper towel. Remove the innards that’s usually inside a whole chicken.
5. Rub sesame oil generously all over the chicken and inside cavities.
6. Then rub the dry spices all over the chicken and inside cavities.
7. Place chicken on the cooking rack in the smoker and cook for 2-3 hours or until internal temperature of the chicken registers at 165 0F on the meat thermometer.
8. Take it out of the smoker and let it rest before cutting.
Thank you for reading and happy cooking!