My niece and her husband stayed with us so I wanted to smoke of course. I spatchcocked 2 chickens with the intention of doing one with rub and barbecue sauce and the other as jerk chicken. I have posted my barbecue chicken before and I am only going to refer to the jerk chicken here.
I am trying to convert my grilling recipe to smoking and this is another of those attempts.
The recipe I use for my grilled jerk chicken is a wet rub made with white onions, green onions, jalapenos and spices blended into a paste. I am not posting the recipe as it didn't turn out as well as I liked. Once it is in a paste, I rubbed it on the chicken and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, covered.
I loaded the birds into my Bradley and set the temperature at 270 F, the highest recommended for my AMNPS (A-Maze-N Pellet Smoker).
After 1 1/2 hours, the internal temperature (IT) was 150 F. I then through the birds on my Webber Genesis grill over low flames. I was also crisping the skin on some precooked potatoes from my garden.
The birds browned up nicely and the skin crisped but they weren't up to the 165 IT I wanted so I moved them to the upper rack. More veggies from the garden went on the grill.
When the IT got to 165 it was time to serve. Here is a picture of the cut up jerk chicken.
The verdict: I found this project disappointing. The barbecued chicken turned out great but the jerk chicken just wasn't as good as when I grilled it. When the chicken was cooked on the grill with higher temperatures than the Bradley can crank out and some direct heat, the jerk chicken had a better consistence and the wet rub caramelized slowly into the skin. Even with crisping the skin afterward it wasn't the same.
Don't get me wrong. Both birds were delicious and everyone enjoyed them. It just a case that the jerk chicken is better grilled than smoked with my gear.
I would suggest you use a rub and some direct heat as FWISmoker did in his post http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/146283/authentic-jamaican-jerk-chicken-spatchcocked-with-q-views-mon if you are going to use your smoker.