Getting Out to Grill: Simple Mesquite Smoked Chicken

What better to follow a post about eggs, but a chicken?

A few weeks back Mother Nature teased us with a run of amazing weather. Beautifully sunny days topping in the mid 70’s, which for my neck of the woods is a gift that I don’t take without thanks. However, it has a down side – now I want to be outside all of the time and the feeling just hasn’t been mutual between the good old misses and I.

I’m ready for grills, charcoal, propane, wood chips, fire pits, hanging outside with good company and a cold drink. Is that too much to ask? Remind me of this when its 101 degrees for weeks on end with humidity to frizz any hair in two months or so.

But for now, I’m sneaking out between rain clouds and cold temps when I can to fill those summertime grill cravings.

This little chicken was the start. I named him Jacob. We bonded a bit with a simple rub before I placed him in the smoker for a few hours and then devoured him. He was a good chicken. He will be missed…. Until I light the smoker and a whiff of hickory makes Jacob a distant memory.



Smoked chicken is delicious and juicy. The best part is the leftovers. Pull any leftover meat from the chicken and use in anything else.  Evey time you open your leftover container you will smell the wonderful smokey flavor.

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  1. RavieNomNoms says

    Jacob looks awesome! I am so ready for the grill and cold drinks too! Just this past weekend I fired up the grill for some burgers, I couldn’t resist!

  2. says

    Oh goodness, Kita, Jacob looks amazing!! I hope he enjoyed that rub! :) Beautiful job, as always… delicious meal, I’m sure!

    weather was in the 70’s?? We got up to 56 and I thought about having a beach party!

  3. says

    Just lovely my dear! I bet it tasted smoky good. My hubby is the smoker here and it does it pretty well like your chicken turned out. Great job.

  4. Jacob says

    Why oh why didn’t you brine me first, Kita?

    I would have been so much more juicy and flavorful…

    Jacob loves you.


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