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Barbecue Chicken on WSM


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Joined Jul 26, 2016
Admittedly, I detest smoked poultry. I find the extra safety precautions and cleaning exhausting. Not to mention the visual aspect of seeing a smoke ring and being reminded of undercooked chicken from years ago (yes, I can tell the difference but the horror still haunts).

However, I love barbecued chicken; which I define as rotisserie style but over charcoal and not in the oven. In our neck of the woods barbecue chicken is a staple at church, fire, and civic fundraisers. (https://www.newsleader.com/story/en...thinks-knows-barbecue-born-virginia/90597948/).

I was wondering if anyone has barbecued (not smoked) a chicken on their WSM. My thought process is to remove the water pan and place the spatchcocked chicken on the bottom grate at 350. I'll place the larger top grate on the charcoal ring (a la grilling style) for a sear/skin crisping at the end. Perhaps drape some bacon on the chicken to get some fat to kick up the coals.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks!
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JC in GB

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Joined Sep 28, 2018
I don't use a WSM but I see no reason that you couldn't use the WSM for higher temperature grilling.

JC :emoji_cat:


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Joined Jun 12, 2019
Yea you can easily do this in the WSM. I don't know what kind of clearance you'll have between the coals and the set up you're proposing. You could always finish under the broiler in the oven. If you go to 350-375 range you might find that the skin is totally fine.


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Joined Feb 2, 2014
My WSM doubles as my regular charcoal grill.BBq'ed just about everything on it.

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