Smoked Bucket Chicken (Native American Style Chicken)

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“This chicken will be the best dang bird you'll ever taste in your life, that is unless you have Ralph S. cook it for you. I suggest you fry up some cubed seasoned potatoes and serve the chicks with those on the side. DANG IS THAT CHICKEN GOOD!”
3hrs 35mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 whole chickens
  • butter (spray butter)
  • 2 cups hickory chips (2 cups/2 handfuls)
  • 4 tablespoons garlic seasoned pepper, season to liking or 4 tablespoons seasoning, of choice season to liking


  1. Well, you're going to need as well:
  2. A 5 gallon metal bucket (paint burned off).
  3. 3 wooden stakes.
  4. Tin foil (15x15).
  5. 8 lb. bag of matchlight charcoal.
  6. Cotton string (about 3-4 ft.).
  7. Make or acquire 3 sturdy wooden stakes. Drive them into ground after laying down foil.
  8. Place the stakes close enough together so that you can fit the three chickens on them and still fit bucket over them].
  9. Place seasoned chickens, breasts outwards, on stakes, and tie string around them tightly so that when cooking, nothing falls off.
  10. Once chickens are placed and tied, spray a lot of butter all around the chickens and season them some more.
  11. You're almost there!
  12. Place hickory chips around and underneath the chickens.
  13. Put bucket over chickens and pour all the charcoal around the bucket.
  14. Light it up!
  15. The chickens should cook for at least 3-3 1/2 hours.

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