BBQ Bill's Citrus Smoked Chicken

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  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    10 h
  • Ready In

    18 h 5 m

“Chicken is marinated in a simple lemon-lime soda mixture, then smoked all day. This makes delicious, moist, smoked chicken.”

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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  1. Place the whole chicken into a large resealable plastic bag. Sprinkle in garlic powder, then pour in enough lemon-lime soda to cover the bird. Seal the bag, and place in the refrigerator overnight to marinate.
  2. Light charcoal in an outdoor smoker, and wait until the temperature is at 225 degrees F (110 degrees C).
  3. Remove chicken from the bag, and place on the grill grate. Discard marinade. Cover, and cook for 10 hours. Occasionally toss a handful of soaked wood chips on the coals.

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Not what my wife and I expected, way to much citrus flavor!!

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Hmmmm, this is different. I ended up adding more spices. I think that this one might have to grow on us.



I tried this one last week, not on a smoker but a Traeger wood pellet grill. I used some cheap Safeway brand lemon-lime pop. I could've smoked it on the grill, but chose to cook it like I always do whole chickens on the Traeger....45 minutes on High, 45 minutes on Smoke, but added 10 more minutes or so on the Smoke setting. One of the best chickens I've ever cooked, but you gotta like the citrus flavor. I imagine the flavor on mine was more subtle than if I'd smoked it for 10 hours like the author did. Very fine recipe, and very easy.

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 644 cal
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 34.2 g
  • 53%
  • Carbs
  • 19.1 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 61.4 g
  • 123%
  • Cholesterol
  • 194 mg
  • 65%
  • Sodium
  • 206 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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