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The BlueSmoke Gazette, Issue #024 -- July 23, 2008
July 23, 2008

Smoking Chicken In a Weber Kettle

Good gracious it was hot today! As I drove past the bank, the time-temperature sign flashed 104 degrees...Fahrenheit, that is. I tell you, this summer heat really can drag a person down. The heat can also stifle the appetite, making person crave light foods, like fresh veggies out of the garden, cool salads, smoked chicken breasts...

Oh baby, smoked chicken breasts! They make for great summer eating, and are especially good the next day, chilled, chopped and topping a nice, fresh garden salad! I've always preferred cool foods in the summertime anyway, and chicken breast is one of those meats that is great served cold.

One of the nice things about smoking chicken is that it doesn't take a long time to cook in your smoker. And with strategic charcoal placement and the proper technique, it can even be smoked in your charcoal grill. I know it may feel like it's too hot outside to be grilling, but believe me, the perspiration you'll suffer is a small price to pay for smoked chicken so good!

Grill Smoking Chicken Breasts!

All About Breasts
Chicken breasts are most economical purchased whole, with the skin on and breast bone remaining. They just need a little trimming up before being brined and seasoned.

Making Chicken Brine
This brine making method dissolves the salt completely, which makes the brining process much more effective. When completely dissolved, the salt can penetrate deeper and more quickly. The simmering action also pulls flavors out of the herbs and spices.

How to Brine Breasts
Here's a little writeup about brining chicken. There's not much to it, but there are a few things you should know.

Dry Rubbing Breasts
Making up an appropriate dry rub for chicken is more than mixing together salt and seasonings. It's actually important to NOT use salt in some dry rubs. Find out why here.

Smoking Stuff In Your Weber Grill
Setting up your Weber for smoking can be done with no specialized equipment, but there's one piece of equipment that makes the process easier and more efficient. You'll learn what that device is on this page...

Using a Charcoal Chimney
Just about everybody's used a charcoal chimney. Have you? The biggest plus of using a chimney to light your charcoal is that your food doesn't taste like lighter fluid. It'll also save you money in the long run.

Grill Smoking Chicken
From A to Z

This overview of the grill smoking process focuses on smoking chicken, and give pointers that'll help you become more versatile at using your grill. I use a Weber kettle grill, but this process can be used with any charcoal grill.

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Recipes, Recipes!

What?! Spatchcock Chicken!

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Beer Can Chicken

Smokey Baked Beans

Grilled Venison Appetizers

Grills 'n Grillin'!

Lemon Rosemary Salmon

Grilled Vidalia Onions

Other Odds and Ends!

Gas Grill Smoking

Mount a Grill Thermometer

Polder Remote Thermometers

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