What you will need.
1 whole chicken 4-5 pounds
1 "beer can chicken" holder
Your favorite bbq sauce
Step 1: Set Up Your Grill for Indirect Smoking
I layered cherry and mesquite chips in the smoker box.
I started the grill out on Medium so it would heat up quickly and then lowered it to low once the chicken was on.
Step 2: Prep and Season the Bird
Combine equal parts seasoning salt, garlic and onion powder with a pinch of black pepper. I start with 2 tsp each. Sprinkle some of the mix in the cavity.
Place the chicken on the holder. If you do not have a holder you can insert a soda or soup can into the body cavity. I did not use a beer can in the holder for this recipe as an experiment. I really don't think it makes a difference. The chicken wsa just as moist as when I have used a beer can in the past.
Separate the skin from the breast on each side and sprinkle seasoning directly onto meat. You don't have to work it down because the juices will do that for you.
Lightly coat exterior of bird with cooking oil or butter. Sprinkle the rest of the seasoning evenly on the exterior of the chicken. The oil or butter help the seasoning to stick to the skin.
Place wing tips behind the bird as shown in the picture below. I like to cut the wing skin before doing this. I think it helps keep the wings in this position as it cooks.
Step 3: Smoke That Chicken
Do not open the lid for 1 hour.
After 1 hour rotate the chicken so it's back is facing the fire. Add more wood chips at this time if you like. Close the lid.
After 30 minutes you can start to check the internal temps. You want an internal temp of 180 F or above in both the thigh and breast.
Step 4: Pull the Chicken
Now that the chicken has cooled down start tearing it apart with your hands. I start with the leg quarters first and then remove the breasts.
Remove the skin from the breast of the bird and reserve. Cut the skin into small pieces or run it through a food processor and add back into the pulled chicken.
Now you can add your favorite bbq sauce. I only add enough to lightly coat and moisten the chicken. I used a traditional bottled red sauce along with some of my homemade mustard sauce.
Step 5: Eat and Enjoy
Pulled chicken is an awesome alternative to pulled pork and I'm sure you'll be able to impress the heck out of family and friends with it.
One variation of this recipe I make for Christmas parties is to run the pulled chicken through a food processor to make bbq'd chicken salad. I then spoon the meat onto soft rolls for sandwiches. It's amazing.