We had a huge taste of summer this weekend with some record-breaking temperatures. Sunday we hit the low 90's, which is extremely unusual this early in the year. There was no humidity, so even though it was hot it wasn't that hard to take. Especially since I have been completely OVER winter for some time now and I enjoy the warm months so much more.
We spent a lot of time outside with the kids running around and even turned on the sprinkler to keep them cool. The super soakers were the favorite on Sunday though. Imagine that! Since we enjoyed the time outside so much we ate as many meals outside as possible. Saturday we grilled some burgers for lunch, then made grilled chicken which we shared with My Husband's parents who came up to visit for the day. It was all very relaxed and a nice visit.
Sunday we had a few things going on later in the day, so while I was out grocery shopping My Husband called me and asked me to pick up another whole chicken. He was ready to try using the smoker again. Last year, we tried it and our results were a bit unusual. If you missed that post, go check it out HERE. We never did get to the bottom of what caused the chicken to turn that odd color.
This time, we decided it would be better to cut the chicken into pieces for a couple of reasons. One is that we figured that would reduce the smoking/cooking time. Two is because he's gotten really good at taking apart a chicken and seems to enjoy doing it. Who am I to disagree with that reason? After he put the chicken on the grill, he sprinkled it with the O & Co. salt and herb blend for meat.
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Looks pretty nice, doesn't it? The flavor was incredible and the seasoning really added just the right amount of flavor and worked well with the smokiness of the chicken. It took about 4 hours, and that was largely due to the fact that I had to purchase a chicken that was still partially frozen. Not my first choice, but there seemed to have been a run on chicken at the grocery store this weekend.
Next time, I'd like to try smoking fish and some other types of meats. I think we are finally starting to figure this contraption out!