With a burst of flavor and all the right spices, Smoked Chicken Breasts are a simple dinner that becomes the best restaurant-quality meal when seasoned with the BEST Barbecue Sweet Rub! Smoking the chicken low and slow makes for wonderfully tender and juicy chicken that is so easy and absolutely perfect every time! Smoked Chicken Breasts are a favorite at our house for dinner on a busy weeknight, a crowd favorite for backyard barbecues, and any leftovers are perfect for sandwiches, salads, charcuterie boards and fajitas. It’s also the secret to my delectable Smoked Chicken Salad and Barbecue Chicken Nachos!
LOVE YOUR SMOKER?
Do you love the smoky taste and wafting aroma of low-and-slow barbecue? That tender, fall-off-the-bone goodness everyone strives for?
Our favorite way to cook in the summertime (and actually year around) is on our Traeger wood pellet grill. Beginners to smoker barbecue usually begin by experimenting with a kettle grill smoker. But once you're ready to take the plunge with your own backyard smoker, that's when the real fun begins!
Pellet smokers are easy to control, maintain stable temperatures, leave behind less ash than charcoal, and guarantee great wood flavor through a variety of flavored pellets. We recently upgraded to a Traeger Timberline XL with WiFi and all the bells and whistles that make smoking on it a dream!
Whether you have a Traeger, Camp Chef, Memphis Grill, Masterbuilt, Z Grills, or other wood pellet grill, this recipe will work for you! For cooking on a gas grill, you can use this recipe by using the temperatures indicated, making sure to cook over indirect heat, but you won't have the smoky flavor and aroma. You can use this recipe on a charcoal grill as well, but you'll need to make adjustments for consistent cooking temps over an extended period of time, which can be a challenge.
Cuts of meat and marinades aside, it's the smoke that makes barbecue taste and smell so irresistible! The secret is maintaining a low, constant temperature, with 225 to 275 degrees the magical zone for smoking. Beyond fall-off-the-bone ribs and flawless brisket, a smoker is also the perfect place for many barbecue sides as well - you'll be amazed at how wonderful they are!
Our family, friends, and neighbors are always asking for my barbecue recipes, but be warned - you'll get spoiled and never want to go to another barbecue restaurant again! Welcome to our barbecue wonderland!
Replace BEST Barbecue Sweet rub with any of the following spice and seasoning rubs, or your favorite barbecue seasoning - for juicy and flavorful smoked chicken every time!
PERFECT BARBECUE SIDES FOR YOUR SMOKER:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons Best Sweet Rub
BARBECUE SWEET RUB:
¼ cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground mustard
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (add more for an extra flavor kick)
Barbecue Sauce (your favorite flavor!)
HOW I MAKE THIS:
YIELD: 4 servings
Replace BEST Barbecue Sweet rub with any of the following spice and seasoning rubs:
Original recipe published June 2022. Inspired by HeyGrillHey.
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