Whole Smoked Chicken with Honey Glaze

Cook Time

40 mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

30 mins




1 tablespoon Honey

1 ½ Lemon

4 tablespoons Pit Boss Champion Chicken Seasoning

4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter

1, 4 pound Chicken, Giblets Removed and Patted Dry

Cooking Instructions

This smoked chicken recipe is perfect for your Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill or smoker. Easy to prepare and smoke, a whole chicken is halved and topped with a lemon honey glaze for a nice combination of zesty, sweet flavors.

How long does it take to smoke a Whole Chicken?

Depending on the size, it can take anywhere from 3 to 4 hours to smoke a whole chicken at 225°F.

This recipe cuts the chicken in half, allowing the chicken to smoker faster and absorb more smoke flavor into the meat.

How to cut a Whole Chicken in halves

On a clean cutting board, place the chicken breast side down. Using the kitchen shears, cut on either side of the spine all the way up either side of the back and remove the spine, discarding. Flip the chicken over, breast side up. Using a very sharp knife, cut the chicken in half through the breastbone.

Dry brining Whole Chicken

Generously sprinkle the chicken halves with Champion Chicken and let the chicken sit at room temperature for one hour. For more than an hour, let it dry brine in the refrigerator.

Wood Pellet Recommendation

It is recommended to use Apple Hardwood Pellets with this recipe for its sweet and light aromas.

This recipe uses Champion Chicken Seasoning.

  1. Start up your Pit Boss Smoker. Once it’s fired up, set the temperature to 225°F.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt together the butter and honey over low heat. Squeeze ½ lemon into the honey mixture and remove from the heat.
  3. Smoke the chicken, skin side down until the chicken is lightly browned and the skin releases from the grate without ripping, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Turn the chicken over and baste with the honey butter mixture.
  5. Continue to smoke the chicken, basting every 45 minutes, until the thickest part of the chicken reaches 160°F.

Special Tools

  • Kitchen Shears
  • Small saucepan

Bigger. Hotter. Heavier. Tip

Spice it up a little and add a tablespoon of our Mandarin Habanero Seasoning to your rub.

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