Alder Chicken Halves

Alder Chicken Halves


David Dawkins Fayetteville, NC


  • 3-4 lb Whole Chicken
  • Orion’s Dry Rub
  • Salt


  1. Take whole chicken out of package.
  2. Rinse thoroughly.
  3. With cutlery shears, cut whole chicken in half so there will be a breast on each half.
  4. Place the two halves in a large pot.
  5. Fill with cold water and pour in a cup of salt.
  6. Add ice cubes to water (1 layer of ice cubes on top of water).
  7. Place in refrigerator for two hours prior to cooking.
  8. Remove chicken halves from water and pat dry with paper towel.
  9. Sprinkle Orion’s Dry Rub evenly over each half.
  10. Place Alder chips between cooking cylinder and drip pan.
  11. Place cooking grate in cooking cylinder.
  12. Place chicken halves cut side down on cooking grate.
  13. Place instant light charcoal around upper and lower charcoal rings.
  14. Place the lid on the cooking cylinder.
  15. Light and come back in 1 hour and 10 minutes. Check meat for doneness.