Smoked Lime Beer Chicken

Warm nights means it’s time to get out of the kitchen and cook outside! Fire up the smoker, grab a cold beer and whip up this simple chicken dish. A few key ingredients, including lime-flavored beer and Sriracha, work as both the marinade and barbecue sauce.
smoked chicken

Recipe and photograph by Kimme Hargrove

2 chicken halves

1 12-ounce lime-flavored beer
1 lime, sliced thin
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon Sriracha
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon garlic powder

Whisk together all marinade ingredients in a large bowl, then pour into a large Ziploc bag. Place chicken halves into bag, seal bag (let all air out) and work marinade until chicken is fully covered. Refrigerate, letting marinate for several hours or overnight, turning the bag over several times to make sure the chicken is fully covered in sauce.

Preheat smoker to 275-300°F.

Remove chicken and set aside on a plate. Pour leftover marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down, and reduce until the sauce is thickened (the marinade should be reduced to a thick barbecue sauce consistency).

Place chicken on smoker and close the lid. Cook for 1.5 hours, or until internal chicken temperature is at least 165°F.

After chicken reaches 165°F internal temperature, brush the thickened marinade on chicken. Cook for 15 minutes, then brush another coat. Cook an additional 15 minutes. Serve.

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