What wood would you use to smoke this chicken?
I made this last year and it was great. Making it again tonight. I could go with the tried and true hickory, but I was wondering if anyone had any fun ideas. I have plenty of types of wood chips on hand. Recipe is from Epicurious:
Grilled Citrus Chicken Under a BrickBon Appétit | May 2008
by Amy Finley
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
3 teaspoons salt, divided
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 whole chicken (about 3 3/4 pounds), neck and giblets removed, butterflied
1 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 1/2 oranges
2 foil-wrapped bricks or 1 cast-iron skillet
Preparation: Whisk juices, olive oil, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, rosemary, and garlic in glass baking dish. Add chicken to marinade. Turn to coat; chill 2 hours, turning occasionally. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.
Mix remaining 2 teaspoons salt, paprika, and pepper in small bowl.
Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Slice 1/2 orange into 1/4- to 1/8-inch-thick slices. Remove chicken from marinade; pat dry. Loosen skin from chicken breast and slide 1 to 2 orange slices between skin and breast. Loosen skin from thighs and slide 1 to 2 orange slices between skin and thighs. Rub paprika mixture over both sides of chicken. Place chicken, skin side down, on grill. Place foil-wrapped bricks or cast-iron skillet atop chicken (if using bricks, position 1 brick over top half of chicken and 1 brick over bottom half). Cover and grill until skin is crispy and brown, about 15 minutes. Remove bricks or skillet. Using tongs or 2 large spatulas, turn chicken. Replace bricks or skillet and cook, covered, until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes longer. Let chicken rest 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, place whole orange on grill and cook until slightly charred, turning often, about 1 minute. Cut into wedges and serve alongside for squeezing over chicken.
Agreed that cooking with wood is a bad idea. Humans just aren't genetically equipped to eat food that's been cooked in the presence of wood smoke. If our ancestors had eaten food cooked over wood fires, the species would probably be extinct by now.
Somebody's been smoking something, and it isn't a chicken.
Cherry is my go to flavoring wood for poultry....Small amounts of Hickory and/or white oak is nice too....Really any of the common flavoring woods will work...Not over doing it is key.......