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Pit Barrel Cooker Recipe:  Smoked Chicken Halves

Pit Barrel Cooker Recipes:  Chicken Halves 3 Ways

Chicken halves get cooked on the Pit Barrel Cooker but this time we season the meat three different ways based on personal preference.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 126 kcal


  • Pit Barrel Cooker
  • Charcoal


  • 4 Chicken Halves
  • 2 tablespoon FlavorAnonymous American Tradition Rub
  • 2 tablespoon FlavorAnonymous Notorious R.E.D Rub
  • 2 tablespoon WhiskeyBent The Bird Rub
  • 4 tablespoon oil olive


  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry
  • Remove any excess hanging fat
  • Pat dry with paper towels
  • Apply olive oil all over the chicken as a binder for the rubs to stick to
  • Season each of the chicken halves individually with the different rubs.
    seasoning chicken
  • Season one of the chicken halves with salt and pepper
  • Light the lump charcoal in a chimney starter and let it burn 15-20 minutes or until fully lit
    charcoal igniting
  • Dump the lit charcoal into the pit barrel smoker
  • For an extra smoky flavor add wood chunks to the lit charcoal. Use 1 cherry chunk, and 2 pecan chunks, or your preferred wood
    adding wood chunks to charcoal
  • Hang the chicken halves in Pit Barrel on the rebar rods
  • Find the largest chicken half and place a temp probe in the thickest part
  • Optional: Spritz the chicken with water or your preferred liquid every 30 minutes
  • Cook for 60 minutes
    Pit Barrel Cooker Recipe:  Smoked Chicken Halves
  • After 60 minutes crack the lid slightly. This will help to firm up the chicken skin making it crispy
  • Cook to an internal temperature of 170F-175F for the white meat and 185F-195F for the dark meat
  • Rest for 10 - 15 minutes
  • Serve with your choice of sides


Serving: 1gCalories: 126kcalProtein: 12gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 66mgPotassium: 209mgVitamin A: 17IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chicken, pit barrel cooker, smoked chicken
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