i'm a texan that's new to smoking but i live in switzerland where smoking essentials aren't readily (or cheaply) available. however, i have a large garden of herb plants. i have a mammoth sage bush that's about 3 feet by 3 feet, a normal rosemary bush, and a small thyme plant. i also have a large bag of the natural wood coal (not the briquettes).
is there any way that i can smoke the chicken with this wood coal and large branches of the sage and/or rosemary bush? will this cause the chicken to taste bad? too strong of a taste? too bitter? has anybody tried this before?
if i were in the states, i wouldn't be asking this, but i need to figure out if i can find a replacement for the expensive imported wood chips. i have a friend here, in switzerland, who's a wood worker and who will start setting aside rejected pieces of good smooking types of wood for me, but in the mean time (tomorrow!), i'd like to experiment with my new smoker.
thanks for the advice! :)