Smoked Chicken Rub Recipe
If you like it spicy, you'll love this smoked chicken rub recipe. A blend of several spices along with a bit of good ol' cayenne pepper gives this one an unforgettable kick of flavor.
I usually prepare chickens spatchcock style for smoking. It makes it easy to season all surfaces of the bird for maximum flavor.
How to Spatchcock a Chicken
With a sturdy pair of kitchen shears, cut along each side of the backbone and remove it
Spread the ribcage open and press the chicken flat
That's all there is to prepping a chicken spatchcock style. In this form the seasonings and smoke easily reach all sides of the chicken. It also decreases the cooking time a bit to boot.
Cajun Style Smoked Chicken Rub Recipe
For the chicken rub, you'll need...
4 tablespoons onion powder
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon (or to taste) of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
Combine all of the ingredients well. If the herbs are whole, break them up in a mortar and pestle, or rub them vigorously between your hands. Season the chicken on all sides. Let it rest in the fridge for an hour before smoking to give the flavors time to absorb. For more flavorful breast meat, put the chicken dry rub under the skin, right against the flesh.
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