Step 1: Brining
You will now have to wait until the brine cools before adding the meat. I start this on the morning before the day I am going to grill. I then go to work, and when I get home, put the chicken in the pot, and then put in the fridge to grill the next day.
The next day, drain the thighs and then put the strainer back into the pot for carrying into the backyard.
Step 2: Hickory Smoking
With the chips, I do it two times, not once, not three times. Twice! Once is too little, three is too much. This step takes two to four hours. This step does not rely on your latitude or attitude. Three times is too much. Trust me, I've been doing this for a while. Even my dog has resisted the three time tests.
I shake the pan of chips at the half hour point. (This works for salmon and pork as well)
Step 3: Get the Grill Started.
Use two full pieces of newspaper and stuff into the bottom. Turn it over and load the charcoal. Light a few spots and watch it smoke. Within a minute the smoke should increase as the lower coals catch fire. Very soon the smoke will waft from the top of your chimney. After ten minutes the coals on top will start getting red hot. Get ready to load the Weber!
Step 4: Cleaning the Grill
Make this out of heavy duty aluminum, no skimping here. The sides should be 1 inch. If you cheat, the boat will fail and the coals will catch your chicken drippings on fire and you will not be able to stop your BBQ from being a char-fest.
If you need to look; Lift your grill slowly. Pop up a side, let it vent, and then slowly lift to the side. This will prevent an updraft from covering your food with ashes.
Step 5: Grilling Time.
The best part about indirect cooking is that it is done in a range of times. If you pull the lid after one hour, it is pretty close to the same as pulling it at an hour and a half. If you leave the lid on for a good coal burn, that will be about an hour and a half.
Because you've done the brine, the chicken will still be moist. The hickory smoke will add the flavor and nobody will ask for bbq sauce. Add corn or potatoes to the side of the grill halfway through.
Enjoy having your friends over. Remember, life is short, eat well.