Chicken is one of my favorite things to throw into the smoker when I am looking for a quicker meal. While it still takes about 2 hours to cook, that is nothing when it comes some other larger cuts of meat.
Being a lover of BBQ, I have seen every episode of BBQ Pitmasters on TLC. One little tip I got that I love is from the main man himself, Myron Mixon. He uses a muffin tin to shape the chicken and make them perfectly round.
Chicken can dry out pretty quickly, so it is important to not over cook it. The muffin tin can help by letting the chicken cook in it’s own juices. One tip Myron Mixon gives with the muffin tin is to drill or cut a tiny hole in the bottom of each spot the chickens would go. I just drilled a tiny hole. I wanted the chicken to cook in it’s juices so we do lose that nutrition by dripping all through the grates.
I used pastured boneless thighs in these pictures. Thighs with bones-in are my preference though. They tend to be a little more full and the bones add more flavor.
This is how I make my Smoked Chicken Thighs.
This is a basic rub I like to use on pork and chicken. In Memphis, this is a standard for racks of ribs. Using a rub on BBQ before the meat is placed in the smoker allows for the flavors to mend with the meat. I just sprinkle some over the top of my chicken and use a little bit more on my ribs and pork butt.
This is how to make my Paleo Memphis Rub
I’m a parent that has been changing my life by switching to the Paleo Diet. Getting my family to fully switch is still a work in process. I’ve been starting with some of the little things. One of them is switching from normal store brand Ketchup that is filled with high fructose corn syrup. If you’re kids are like my kids, they drown everything in Ketchup. To me, this was a great place to start tweaking my kid’s tastes to something more natural.
I did some searching online for different recipes and many of them call for light corn syrup. This recipe substitutes with local unfiltered honey to help sweeten the Ketchup. While the kids can taste the difference, they now prefer this ketchup over Heinz. My daughter and her friends really dug it and I dig that it is a little bit healthier for them.
This is how I made this Paleo Ketchup.
Using brine is a great way to ensure juicy poultry. Brine is a simple salt-based liquid marinade that helps flavor and juices be absorbed into the meat through osmosis. In less fatty cuts of meat, such as boneless chicken breasts, brining is critical.
This simple Paleo Bird Brine Recipe is great for chicken, but can be used for any type of poultry.
Here is how to make my Paleo Bird Brine.
In traditional red BBQ sauce, a ton of non-Paleo ingredients are used to make the BBQ sauce almost candy like. It is tough to achieve the same shine to your meats with out using a boatload of sugars. Removing ingredients such as molasses, corn syrup, maple syrup, and brown sugar may leave the meats less glossy, but we can still achieve amazing BBQ taste and remain pretty healthy. To still achieve some of that BBQ sweetness, I use local unfiltered wildflower honey. While honey is Paleo, it may not be best used for people trying to lose weight.
Here is how to make the Red Paleo BBQ Sauce.