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Dr Pepper Smoked Chicken

Put this ladybird in the smoking section where she belongs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 245kcal


For the Spice Rub:

  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 4 Tbsp minced fresh herbs (tested with thyme, oregano, tarragon, and parsley)


  • Add charcoal and two handfuls of applewood chips to smoker. Light according to manufacturer recommendations. Bring to smoking temp (between 200-275).
  • Remove giblets and innards from the chicken cavity.
  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
  • Mix spice rub and rub all over outside of bird.
  • Pour out or drink 1/4 of the Dr Pepper in the can. Add smashed garlic and fresh rosemary to the inside of the can. Place can in the can rack for the chicken. Carefully place chicken (drumsticks end down) over the rack so the can is in the cavity and the chicken is standing securely vertically.
  • Carefully place the chicken (still on can rack) vertically on smoker. Cover. Cook for about 2 hours, or until chicken hits 170 degrees F.


DO NOT USE quick light or match light charcoal for smoking. The long cook time and smoke will make your chicken taste like lighter fluid. Be patient in lighting the charcoal. Use newspaper if necessary to light the charcoal.
Try not to check and uncover the chicken until close to the end of the cooking time, or you'll lose heat in the smoker and it will take longer and potentially dry out.


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 7008mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 759IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg