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Updated: Nov 3, 2022

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We love cooking outside any time of year, but it’s especially great when the weather is hot. We sure love our BBQ. Who doesn’t? These days, it’s time to fire up the grill or test out the new smoker I got as a present for my lovely husband. Boy, was he excited about that! He sure loves his toys. Age has not changed him one bit! We’ve just used our new smoker a few times, so we are still in the experimental stage.

meat in a smoker

This recipe is SO easy that I call it “Lazy BBQ.” All you need to do is decide what protein you want to smoke, make a dry rub, and you are in business. The dry rub recipe I offer is easy, and you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen already. I usually make a big batch, so we get to eat leftovers all week!

BBQ chicken pizza, quesadillas, wraps, mac and cheese, chicken salad . . . So many delicious options!

I used cherry wood chips for the smoker when I made this recipe, but you can use any kind of chips you'd like. Now, let's get started.

Prep time: 10 min

Smoking time: 3 hours

Total: 3 hours and 10 minutes

Author: Inna of

Dry Rub Ingredients

8 teaspoons smoked paprika

2 teaspoons chili powder

4 tablespoons white or brown sugar (I prefer brown sugar, but I used organic raw cane sugar in the video)

5 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

4 teaspoons onion powder

3-4 teaspoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon cumin powder (I used crushed cumin seeds in the video)

Dry Rub Directions

Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.

Meat Ingredients

8-9 pounds meat (I used a whole chicken, chicken drumsticks, and beef ribs)

1 cup dry rub

Meat Directions

1. Rinse your meat and dry with paper towels.

2. Apply dry rub to the meat. All sides should be covered.

3. For best results refrigerate the meat for 3-4 hours to seal the flavor. I didn’t in the video, but the meat still turned out juicy and delicious.

4. Preheat your smoker to 250F and have it heated up half an hour before you plan to put the meat in.

5. Put the meat in the smoker. The drumsticks take about 2 hours, and the rest of the meat takes about 3 hours.


P.S. Don’t forget about the BBQ sauce! After all, what’s BBQ without BBQ sauce? Check out my Easy Pineapple BBQ Sauce for a delicious and easy recipe!

I hope you'll make this recipe soon. If you do, please tag me #innichka_chef on Instagram, Facebook, Patreon or Pinterest.

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