This week we had Apple Wood Smoked Bourbon Chicken, and I wanted to share it. I have made this a number of times over the years, so it’s almost automatic. I started this on Saturday morning before I headed out to my office.
The process was to skin the chicken whole, this was so the marinade could penetrate the meat, then place it in the resealable plastic bag with the marinade and put it in the refrigerator for about 7 hours. I cooked it on the gas grill with apple wood in a smoker box at around 400° for about 1.5 hours. The chicken was cooked on a vertical chicken roaster and was done at the internal temp of 165°. Let the chicken sit for about 5 minutes before carving.
Apple wood Smoked Bourbon Chicken for Man Food Mondays
Bourbon chicken marinade
- 1/4 cup Bourbon
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 whole chicken skin removed. (You can use skinless boneless chicken cut up if you want.)
- Whisk together the marinade ingredients and set a side.
- Remove the skin from the chicken, if it not already been done.
- Place the chicken in an air tight container or resealable plastic bag and cover with the marinade.
- Place the chicken in the refrigerator for 1 hour or over night.
- Once the marinade time has passed fire up the grill and bring to medium high, 400 °
- Place the marinaded chicken on the grill and monitor the meat temp as you get near done.
- Once internal temperature of 165° is reached remove the chicken and let sit for around 5 minutes, the chicken will continue to cook and top out at around 170°.
This was fairly straight forward. Not a whole lot of monitoring needed on the gas grill. Be careful not to over cook it because it will dry out quickly. I used a vertical roster and trussed the chicken so the wings and legs were not hanging out, you do not have to do any of that if you do not want too.
We served it withe a mango jalapeno cole slaw and boiled corn on the cob. Ahhhh, feels a bit like spring is here!
Give this a try and as always, let me know how it went.