Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Ok So I Cheated- Lazy Man's Smoked Chicken
This past weekend, I decided to smoke a chicken on a gas grill. Yea, I decided to put my BBQ Galore Gas Grill to the test. For you nay sayers, not too fast, you got to hear me out.
I placed some wood chips in aluminum foil, wrapped them up and then placed some large holes in the top of the foil. I lit the gas grill and let all the lava rocks heat up. I can't tell you what temp I was cooking at as I neglected to put the thermometer on the grate. I then turned off two of the three burners and left one on low to cook by indirect heat.
I placed the bundled aluminum foil package of hickory chips on top of the lit burner. In addition I made a couple of aluminum balls to plug up the side opening of the grill top where the rotisserie unit is usually positioned. This was done to keep more smoke inside the grill.
I placed a whole chicken with the breast side cut opened to cook it flattened over the unlit burners. For prep, I seasoned the chicken with some Zatarains Creole Seasoning that T brought me from New Orleans (never told her I could get it at Smart and Final here in Los Angeles- it's the thought that counts). By now the chips start to smoke. I also added some rosemary stems to smolder over the lit burner. The chicken cooked for a little less than 2 hours. I did replenish the foil chip package once during the process.
I sort of tore the skin off the beast side when I turned it over midway through cooking which distracted a little from the overall look. Taste wise, it was very good though admittedly not as good as smoked in the WSM. The skin however was not rubbery or tough as most often occurs when smoked in a smoker. The chicken was moist and descibed by G as a similar texture to beer canned chicken. The rosemary smoke didn't flavor the meat very much but the scent of rosemary was present.
Tah Dah- Sylvie's Lazy Man's Smoked Chicken.