Smoked Chicken on a grill

The Tastiest Smoked on A Grill Chicken Recipe

November 8, 2020

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This is the Tastiest Grill Smoked Whole Chicken Recipe! Having juicy, tender, delicious restaurant-quality smoked chicken at home is easier than you think! Do not be intimidated! This is the best smoked chicken you will ever make! We guarantee it! And, the best part – you can do it in a short amount of time on your charcoal grill! No fancy smoker required! Smoking chicken on the grill is one of the tastiest things we’ve made in a long time!

Do you love incredibly tender smoked chicken with crunchy skin?  If you do, then you’re about to get really excited!  Calebs Grill Smoked Whole Chicken Recipe will give you the most flavorful, tender, and delicious smoked chicken ever!

I can’t believe it’s a week into November and here we are posting a smoked chicken recipe! We plan on smoking year-round this year, so there’s no stopping us! The deliciousness of smoked and grilled meats shouldn’t be saved for only the summer months!

Caleb smokes his whole chickens on his Weber charcoal grill. Yep! Your charcoal grill can be used as a smoker!

How Do You Smoke Chicken on A Charcoal Grill?

When you cooking over direct heat you need to make sure you have enough fuel (hot coals) to cook whatever you’re cooking long enough. It’s the same thing with indirect heat, but you need a lot more fuel (hot coals) that you’ll burn at a lower temperature for a longer period of time.

Light your coals and set them off to one side of the grille. Put the grilling grate back in the grill.  Then, close the grill and adjust the vents to your desired cooking temperature. Our Weber grill has one, but, If your grill does not have a built-in thermometer you will need to buy one. Weber makes The Smart Grilling Hub that is compatible with any grill. 

Once your coals are to temperature, add your smoking chips. For Caleb’s smoked chicken recipe he used Hickory, but any hardwood will work.

And now you’re ready to smoke your whole chicken! Smoking meat on a charcoal grill will take some practice, but do not let it intimidate you!

Smoked Chicken on a grill

Caleb's Grill Smoked Chicken Recipe

Smoking a whole chicken may sound intimidating, but it's pretty simple and insanely delicious.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Celery Salt
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Marjoram
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander
  • 1 2-3 LB Whole Chicken
  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil


  • Set smoker/grill to 250F-300F
  • Mix dry rub ingredients together
  • Rub whole bird in oil and coat well with the dry rub. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Tie legs together with butchers twine and place bird directly on the grate
  • Smoke for 2-3 hours until the internal temperature of the breast hits 165F


This the tastiest and easiest smoked chicken recipe you will ever make. 
Keyword chicken, smoked, smoked, smoked chicken, smoked meat, smoker, whole bird

Did you make Caleb’s Smoked Chicken on your grill? What did you think?? Feel free to comment below! We can’t wait for you to make it!

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