Texas BBQ chicken recipe

Texas BBQ chicken

Texas-style means you only season your meat with salt and black pepper. It sounds standard, but it’s so perfect it always tastes great. But I’m going to add flavors by bringing these chicken wings.
Brining gives you juicy meat, and with the added sugar and whisky, it gives these chickens an extra wood barrel flavor that you otherwise had missed.

Prep Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Resting time 10 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, American Barbecue
Servings 4 people
Calories 469 kcal


  • 1 piece whole chicken
  • 1 tbsp coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper

The brine

  • 1 litre water
  • 4 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp raw cane sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 piece whole onion
  • 2 tbsp whiskey


  • Hold the chicken with its bottom up and work a chefs knife ad one side of the backbone all the way down. You can also do this with poultry scissors. Now you can lay the chicken on your work surface and push it flat.
  • Put the chicken in a ziplock bag or vacuum bag and pour in the water. Add the salt, sugar, smashed cloves of garlic, the onion, cut in half and a shot of whisky.
  • Push as much air out of the bag before closing it, so the chicken is submerged in the brine. Let the chicken brine for four hours in the fridge.
  • Take the chicken out of the bag and pat it dry with a paper towel.
  • Season the chicken with a good amount of coarse salt and ground black pepper. Always use a bit more than you’d expect.
  • Start your smoker with a temperature of 130°C/266°F and place the chicken with the skin up on the grates.
  • Place a thermometer in the thickest part of the breast and close the lid. When the temperature reaches 73°C/163°F, you can turn the chicken upside down to give the skin a quick sear.
  • Now let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before cutting it up.



Calories: 469kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 36gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 8981mgPotassium: 428mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 276IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken, Smoked, Texas, Whole Chicken
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