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Colonel Lar’s Alder Smoked Chicken Recipe

Colonel Lar's Alder Smoked Chicken Recipe
  • 1 whole chicken (you can use baking hens but I prefer fryers since they are
  • lower in fat)
  • 1 Can beer
  • Black Pepper (fresh ground or already ground)
  • White Pepper
  • Seasoned salt
  • garlic (whole cloves or use powder)
  • thyme (fresh or powdered)
  • half celery stalk
  • half onion (you can substitute 1 teaspoon of onion powder but it's not nearly
  • as favorable)
  • half carrot
  1. Prep your grill if using charcoal. Put a bank of charcoal briquettes on one
  2. side of your grill. Understand this is not half the grill, just along one
  3. side. To give you an idea it's roughly 36 briquettes.
  4. If you use gas, light only one side of the grill and keep the heat on
  5. medium.
  6. Make sure you get the paper and giblets out of the cavity if there are any
  7. there. Wash the chicken thoroughly inside with cold water. Grind liberal
  8. amount of black pepper inside chicken, generally four or five turns of the
  9. pepper mill, or sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of ground pepper inside chicken
  10. cavity. Shake seasoned salt, roughly 1 teaspoon, inside cavity. If using
  11. whole herbs, put 2 crushed garlic cloves and four sprigs of thyme inside the
  12. cavity. If using powdered herbs, approximately 1 teaspoon each of garlic
  13. powder and powdered thyme.
  14. Stuff the celery stalk, half onion, and half carrot into cavity. You may
  15. have to break the veggies in half to get them inside the cavity.
  16. Sprinkle seasoned salt and white pepper all over the outside of the chicken.
  17. Open the beer can with an opener, put three holes in the top. Place the
  18. beer can inside the chicken cavity, open end in first, as far as it will go.
  19. Don't worry about crushing your veggies. Put the chicken on the grill away
  20. from the fire as far as you can get it and still put the lid on the grill.
  21. Put a handful of Alder wood chips on the hot charcoal coals, or place the
  22. chips in your smoker box for the gas grill. Cook the chicken 2½ hours
  23. with the cover on. If I lift the lid at all to peek, it's generally about
  24. half way through. If your fire is a bit hot, you might have to turn the
  25. chicken 180 degrees midway through cooking. Be CAREFUL though, that beer is
  26. boiling hot!!
  27. When the chicken is done, usual test, clear running fluids, easy
  28. manipulation of the leg, then carefully remove the chicken from the grill.
  29. Remember that beer can is hot and still contains some hot beer.
  30. Best eating chicken in the world. Leftovers,. if any, make great chicken
  31. salad, or chicken alfredo.


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