Never made a Smoked Whole Chicken on a Traeger? Don't fret, it's easy! In this post, we give step by step instructions on how to smoke a whole chicken.
1Whole Chicken, giblets removed, rinsed and patted dry.
For the Dry Rub:
2teaspoonsFresh Thyme Leaves(or 1 teaspoon dried)
1TablespoonDark Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoonGround Mustard
1Pinch Chili Powder
6TablespoonsUnsalted Butter, softened
For the Gravy:
Pan of apple juice and drippings from the Traeger
Smoke the Whole Chicken:
If you have time, put the chicken on a plate, uncovered in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to a whole day to dry out the skin.
Heat a smoker to 375 degrees F.
Place the spices in a bowl and mix to combine.
Remove the chicken from the fridge and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the spices into the cavity of the chicken.
Add the butter to the remaining spices and mix until it forms a smooth paste.
Lift the skin of the chicken and rub 1/2 the butter on the meat under the skin and the remaining butter/spice mixture all over the bird.
Fill a foil pan with the apple juice and place it on the lowest rack and the chicken, breast side up on the rack above it. If you cannot do this, the chicken will have to go next to the pan and you will have to add 1 cup chicken broth to the juice after for the gravy.
Cook for 60-80 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer registers 165 degrees F. Ours took 70 minutes because it was a bigger bird.
Remove to a tray and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes. Do not cut before that.
Make the Gravy:
Meanwhile, bring the accumulated juices and the drippings to a simmer in a skillet over medium heat.
Combine the cornstarch and water and slowly, while whisking add to the gravy. Continue whisking until thickened.
Slice the chicken and brush with the gravy. Serve!
If you don't have drippings leftover, just use 1 cup of chicken broth to make the gravy.
Left over chicken can be kept in the refrigerator for one week.
How to Cook a Smoked Whole Chicken on a Traeger
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 424Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Vitamin A 888IU18%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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