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Whole Chicken on the Kettle

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So yesterday I decided to finally steer away from beer can chicken and do a whole split chicken on the grill. I was a little nervous because it seemed much more difficult than the beer can chicken. Long story short I did a decent job cutting out the spine and flattening it out.  I brined (sugar, salt, whole black peppers, oil and soy) my organic chicken for about five hours, dried it off and let it chill for another three hours in the fridge.  Rubbed some oil on it got the kettle up to 350 and let it ride.  It took 90 minutes with indirect heat.  Basted it twice with garlic butter and pulled it off at 157. My wife said it was the best chicken I have ever done.  As some of you know I have been contenplating an Egg and I am not sure it would have been any better!!!

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looks great icon14.gif

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Thanks. I was a little nervous but boy it was easy. Next weekend I am having a cookout and plan on doing a butt, a chicken and maybe ribs.  Trying to decide if I am going to order a WSM this week or tackle it with the kettle!

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Thanks. I was a little nervous but boy it was easy. Next weekend I am having a cookout and plan on doing a butt, a chicken and maybe ribs.  Trying to decide if I am going to order a WSM this week or tackle it with the kettle!

That chicken looks mighty fine off the kettle. 

Have you ever used a WSM before? You may want to get one and do a couple butts before you have a cookout. If you're good with the kettle, you could possibly get one more for a fraction of the price of a WSM and do the cookout with two kettles...

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I may borrow a kettle from a neighbor.  I can smoke my butt for 9 hours, throw a whole chicken on when I am done and cook ribs on the second kettle.

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Color looks nice on the bird. It is recommended that Chicken be cooked to 165*F, it really is a good idea. What's up with the Funky looking Left Leg? Maybe it's 'cause it's Organic...icon_eek.gif...Maybe her name was PEG...ROTF.gif...JJ

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Nice bird.............icon14.gif.. I'm with jimmy. 165

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I think that leg was the cooks treat. :)

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