Apple Wood Smoked Chicken and DIY Stovetop Smoker

Krista Towns


I'm sharing one of my favorite cooking projects with you! A couple of years ago I purchased a 12" stockpot and transformed it into a smoker. I had used tabletop smokers in the past, but most were too shallow, limiting the types of food I could use. This is a cold smoker in that it will not cook the food, only add smoked flavor. You can order the smoker chips online (many to chose from), and with a little research and trial will find the chips that work the best with the foods you use. (Think of them as herbs!) You can smoke cheese, tomatoes, fish, meats, seafood, poultry, etc.
Have fun!


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  • 1
    12" stockpot with solid cover, and flat bottom
  • 2
    9" round cooling racks
  • 1
    9" aluminum pie pan
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    wood chips for stovetop smoker

How to Make Apple Wood Smoked Chicken and DIY Stovetop Smoker


  1. Place one cooling rack in the bottom of the pot. Sprinkle a layer of wood chips, (approximately 1/4 cup) to lightly cover the bottom surface.
  2. You may also add herbs if desired, use those with a hard stem, such as rosemary or thyme.
  3. Place the pie pan over the rack, then position the remaining rack on top of the pan.
  4. Now add the food you will be smoking on top of the rack and cover with the lid. Place the pot on the stove over medium high heat. Within a minute the wood chips will start to smoke (lift the lid just slightly to check), then turn the heat down to medium low, and smoke for 3-8 minutes, depending on the amount of food you are smoking and the type of food.
  5. Remove the food from the smoker and finish on the grill or in the oven. Here I smoked a chicken using applewood chips and rosemary for about 6 minutes. After removing from the smoker I coated the chicken with softened garlic butter, and seasoned generously with salt and pepper.
  6. Here is the 5 lb. chicken after roasting at 400 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
    Applewood smoked chicken with garlic and rosemary!

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About Apple Wood Smoked Chicken and DIY Stovetop Smoker

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #SMOKED #Poultry #meats

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