Smoked Buttered Whole Chicken

Whole Buttered Chicken Recipe

Hi there pretty bird.  Why aren’t you just lovely.

Another view of the chicken

Oh.  Another view.  Nice.  Very nice indeed.

Smoked whole chicken with charred skin

A view from the top?  I like it.  I have to say, I think a browned bird is about the prettiest smoked food there is.

Stuffing inside smoked buttered chicken

And one last shot, just for posterity.  I love it.

Oh, did I mention that I slathered butter underneath the skin of this chicken?  And stuffed it with deliciousness?  And it was as juicy a smoked whole chicken as I’ve ever made in my life?

Yea…Butter.  Bird.  Juicy.  Butter.

Watch my video to see how I did it.


How To Butter A Whole Chicken Video

Buttered Whole Chicken

Fun and easy buttered chicken recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 278 kcal


  • 1 whole chicken

For butter slather

  • 1/2 stick salted butter
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • dash of ground pepper


  • If you have time, brine the chicken overnight.
  • Carefully lift the skin of the breast and smear the butter mixture underneath.
  • Optional: Stuff the cavity with onion, lemon, apples, garlic
  • Rub Olive Oil on skin and sprinkle salt & pepper.
  • Smoke with apple wood, indirect, at 250 until internal temperature hits 165.
Keyword Smoked Buttered Chicken

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