Yup, been a great weekend, I'm usually working right now. I'd drive ya'll nuts if I was off weekends all the time with the humans. :cry:
As far as splitting them, I think they smoke a little faster. Probably take about 3/4 the time as one left whole maybe a bit longer. It's not a huge difference and not why I do it.
As far as better, I changed up a couple other things the first time I split chickens so.....well let's just say I would hate to start a chicken feud and say it is the best way, but I used to smoke chicken because my Mom and Wife liked it. Now I like it as well. It ain't brisket, but these chickens like this are great. I had never brined these before and I only hope it makes them better yet. My only brining experience has been on bone in thighs and breasts grilled. I thought it really wasn't necessary, but broke with my hard headed ways and tried it. If it makes my chicken halves more moist I may drown at dinner. :P
Anybody wanna buy a drunken chicken holder???