Smoked BBQ Chicken Recipe | Tropical Spark Blog

Smoked BBQ Chicken Recipe – Easy

We love smoked meats of all kinds, and when we do a BBQ feast, we usually like to serve Smoked Pulled BBQ Chicken as one of the options. We know brisket gets all the glory, everyone loves baby back ribs, and pulled pork is simple, but we really do enjoy serving a delicious smoked pulled BBQ chicken as one of the meat options. Here’s why:
  • It’s chicken and for people who don’t love “smoked foods” you can tell them it’s chicken. Everyone eats chicken.
  • For kids who “don’t like pork or beef” you can feed them this smoked pulled BBQ chicken instead, and they’ll probably grow up to love BBQ. Which is a major win.
  • This is a fast recipe to make (for smoked and pulled meat), only taking 2 – 3 hours instead of overnight. You can make these after you pull the brisket off to let it cool.

When you’re making smoked pulled BBQ chicken, you have two options for meat:

  1. Cook only thighs or breasts, and pull that meat. It’s easy and you can do this in smaller quantities.
  2. Cook whole chickens and pull allllll of the meat.

My preference is to cook a whole chicken and then pull all of the meat and include a little bit of the crispy skin with the meat. You get a variety of flavors and textures from the different meats (dark and light) that make the finished product just a little bit more interesting and tasty. Whole chickens are also super affordable, so this is an easy way to serve one more meat without breaking the bank.

This recipe is written for a smoker, but you can also use a grill to accomplish this recipe. If grilling, cook over indirect heat and put a smoker tube filled with Mix Tropical Wood Pellets, for the greatest flavor.



  • 1 Whole Chicken (about 3- 4 lbs)
  • BBQ Rub (use your favorite)
  • BBQ Sauce

What do you think of this recipe? Do you enjoy smoked pulled BBQ chicken? Let us know in the comments below and feel free to share any tips you have to make amazingly delicious smoked chicken! We love to hear your feedback.

Write a comment