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Smoked Chicken (Whole)

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Smoked Chicken (Whole)

Want to smoke the perfect whole chicken on a pellet grill? Here's the recipe!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, fat pants chicken, pellet grill chicken, smoked chicken, whole smoked chicken
Servings: 6
Author: Mr. Fat Pants

Equipment

  • pellet grill/smoker
  • wood smoker

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • Fat Pants seasoning mix
  • olive oil

Instructions

  • Remove whole chicken from plastic wrap. (Remove giblits and neck if they are included inside the carcass.)
  • Completely thaw the chicken in your refrigerator (or a water bath). Before taking the next step, make sure the chicken is dry by patting it with clean paper towels or a cloth.
  • Coat the outside with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Generously sprinkle Fat Pants on all sides of the chicken.
  • Place the chicken directly on the smoker/grill and smoke the bird on "high smoke" (approximately 200-degrees) for 1 hour.
  • Turn up the pellet grill/smoker to 325-degrees and smoke the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165-degrees. Remove the chicken from the smoker and allow the chicken to "rest" and redistribute juices for approximately 15-20 minutes before carving and serving.
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Turkey Salad w/ Fat Pants

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Turkey Salad w/ Fat Pants

This is what we served at our daughter's h.s. graduation. This recipe is super easy to make, feeds a big crowd, and perfectly pairs with Fat Pants. (Recipe credit: I got this tasty idea 25-years ago from my amazing mother-in-law.)
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sandwich, turkey, turkey salad
Servings: 20

Ingredients

  • 2 3-pound turkey breasts You can also use turkey tenders, or leftover Thanksgiving turkey (white or dark meat). Our family turkey hunts, and we love to use wild turkey breasts in this recipe!
  • 1 red onion
  • 1-2 cups mayonnaise The amount of mayo depends on personal preference. Start out with a smaller amount and add to preference.
  • pita bread, fresh baked rolls, toasted english muffins, or crackers
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp sweet pickle relish

Instructions

  • Fully cook the turkey using method of choice. If pressed for time, I use an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, but you can grill, smoke, or roast the turkey, as well. Make sure the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 165-degrees.
  • After fully cooking the turkey, let the turkey return to room temperature or cooler.
  • Coarsely dice a red onion and grind the turkey meat and red onion together into a large bowl. For grinding the meat, I use a 1/2-HP brute-of-a-grinder made by Cabela's, but you can also use KitchenAid's food grinding attachment. https://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-FGA-Food-Grinder-Attachment/dp/B00004SGFH
  • Add approximately 1 tbsp. of Fat Pants, 1 tbsp. of salt, and 1 tsp. of pepper to the bowl of ground turkey/onion. Mix well with clean hands or large spoon.
  • Refrigerate the (dry) turkey salad until you are ready to serve it, and then mix in mayonnaise to get to the consistency you prefer.
  • Serve the turkey salad on your bread of choice. You can also add a slice of sharp cheddar, lettuce, sliced red peppers, or a slice of tomato with the sandwich.
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