Making pulled chicken barbecue can be the best alternative to those who do not eat pork. All you need to make some delicious pulled chicken sandwich is to roast it slowly in a smoky environment. Below is how you can make the best-pulled chicken BBQ for your next party.
Brine the Chicken
This is an optional step, although brining the chicken will add more moisture to it and help to avoid the meat from drying out when you smoke it. Mix ¼ cup each of salt and sugar in 4 cups of water and season it with herbs and spices as desired. Place the chicken in a bowl and pour the brine mixture over it to fully submerge the chicken. Let it sit for around 4 – 6 hours, and then take the chicken out and rinse it thoroughly. When done, pat it dry with some paper towels.
Apply Spice Rub
Prepare a spice rub with your preferred herbs and spices, but avoid salt to it if you have brined the chicken. Make sure that the spice rub is applied thoroughly, under the skin and inside the bone cavity too. That is because you will be shredding the chicken later and it will not retain much flavor of the spices if you apply it only on the outer surface. After heavily coating the chicken with the spice rub, place it in the refrigerator for 30 – 60 minutes as you prepare the grill.
Smoke the Chicken
Prepare the charcoal grill and heat it up to 250°F to 275°F. Take the chicken out of the fridge and make sure that it is at room temperature before placing it on the hot grill. When ready, place the chicken on the grill, keeping the breast-side up. Close the grill lid and let the chicken cook for around 60 – 90 minutes. Flip the chicken after the said time to ensure that it is evenly cooked. Meanwhile, make sure that there is enough smoke for the cooking process.
It can take around 2½ – 3 hours to cook the chicken fully on the grill, depending upon its size. When the chicken is cooked, take it out of the charcoal grill and place it on a cutting board. Cover it with an aluminum foil and let it rest for around 15 minutes. After that, shred the chicken as nicely as you like.
Start by removing the skin, bones, and fat, and break the meat down into smaller pieces using forks. Warm the chicken over a low flame and apply your favorite barbecue sauce to it before using the pulled chicken on your sandwiches.