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BBQ Chicken with Pecan Smoke

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This delicious pecan wood smoked chicken is juicy, tender and flavourful. And it's a great way to try out smoking pellets on your gas grill!

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook time: 20 min

Yield: 6 -8 pcs bone-in chicken


  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1/3 cup pecan pellets


  1. Combine all the spices together and sprinkle on bone-in skin on chicken pieces. Set aside the chicken while you prepare the grill.

  2. Fire up your grill and heat to high.

  3. Meanwhile, for the smoking pellets, poke a bunch of holes in a small rectangular tin foil pan.

  4. Place the pellets in the tin foil pan & get them burning, preferably with a torch. Once they are burning well on their own, blow them out and they should continue to smoke and smolder while you cook your chicken. Place the smoking pellets inside the grill.

  5. With your BBQ hot and ready at about 400F, place the seasoned chicken skin side up on the top rack & a pan below to deflect heat and catch the drippings. Be sure your foil pan of smoking pellets does not get drippings in it.

  6. Your chicken should be cooked in about 20 min if your able to maintain a temperature of 400F inside your grill. The best way to test the doneness of your chicken is with a thermometer. It should read 160F.

  7. Remove the chicken from the grill and let sit 5 min before serving.

Zhuzh it up!

  • Serve this chicken with the Alabama White Sauce.

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This amazing recipe was adapted from Scotty Scott's Fix me a Plate Cookbook


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