In my desperation to enjoy some smokey chicken, this was my resort with out having to deal with the dark little one
hiding in the corner...... mumbling swear words at me.. wanting a chance to shine
it was when i first moved in, gasser was bottled up and ready for action! i wanted to use my stash of mulberry timber for my smoke source...
That's when the peer pressure from " edgy" got heavy to "just do it!"
so after much procrastinating, i went to my local chicken supplier and picked up a pair of size 18 birds... prepped em up and butterflied them open.
i found some left over dry rub i made for beef ( you will learn as i'm not very fussy
the rub consisted of : smoked paprika, onion powder, butt loads of garlic powder, brown sugar, oregano, salt n pepper.. nuffin special
where the magic began is cooking "indirectly" with only having a grill over the middle 2 burners, that remained off, and lit the 2 outside ones. Underneath the cooks, i put a tray with water to keep the radiant heat down.
to keep in the flavor that i like ( bitter sweet smoke
) i chunked up my timber into chips with an axe (mattock was all i had handy actually
) and packed them into foil pouches. After making the pouches i put 2 smallish slits in them for the smoke to get out. I placed them directly over the outside lit burners, that would heat the pouch and smolder the timber.... effectively making charcoal inside the pouch! I fashionably used 4 times the recommend amount of smoke, as you would expect of me.....
Long story short, about 3.5 hours later (1.5 hours of cook time they were crutched in foil) at about 140*c my chooks were done! got a little bit of a smoke ring... but the next day is where the magic happened!
We threw the leftovers straight outta the fridge, onto Leb bread (pita) buttered with garlic sauce first!! and put some 'slaw on top...
That's when I was learning that smoked food ( well the stuff i come up with anyways!) taste soo much better the next day!! the flavors seemed to have mellowed out and blended, some of the underdog spices in the rub shone their shy heads!
The added bonus is the smell the next day, reminding you of the day before... as well as the garlic re-flux LOLOL