Bunyan's Diabetic Chicken on a Throne

Bunyan's Diabetic Chicken On A Throne Recipe

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Paul Bushay


This is a recipe I originally got from a book called Smoke & Spice, I've modified it quite a bit, to make it diabetic. The best part is IT'S FOR THE SMOKER!! My forte!! This one takes some work, but it is SO worth it!!
Don't worry about the alcohol in the beer it cooks out completely!


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  • ·
    bunyan's diabetic seasoning rub (see recipe here on jap)

  • 12 oz
  • 1/4 c
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c
    apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp
    bunyan's diabetic seasoning rub
  • 2, 3 1/2 lb
    whole chickens

  • 12 oz
  • 1 c
    low salt chicken stock
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/4 c
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp
    bunyan's diabetic seasoning rub

  • 2, 12oz can(s)
    beer (no bottles please)
  • 1/2 medium
    onion, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    apple cider vinegar
  • 4 clove
    minced garlic

How to Make Bunyan's Diabetic Chicken on a Throne


  1. The night before you're gonna smoke, dump all the injection liquid ingredients into a blender or food processor.
  2. Cover and emulsify
  3. Take the giblets and necks outta the chicken's cavities
  4. Wash the birds and pat 'em dry
  5. With a kitchen injector, inject 1/2 cup of the injection liquid deep into the breasts and legs of each chicken in several spots
  6. Take the rest of the injection liquid and message the birds inside and out with it. Work as far under the skin as you can without tearing the skin
  7. Now message the birds inside and out with copious amounts of Bunyan's Diabetic Seasoning Rub. Again, work it under the skin as far as you can without tearing the skin.
  8. Stick each chicken in a large zip top plastic bag
  9. Squeeze as much air outta them as possible, seal 'em and stick 'em in the fridge overnight
  10. Next day, get your smoker ready for action, you can use either apple, cherry, hickory, maple, oak, or pecan logs, or I use charcoal and wood chips. You can also use Jack Daniel's chunks or chips.
  11. Soak the chips in water for at least two hours before you use 'em, or if your using logs, soak one overnight, or chunks for four hours. Then drain 'em and set 'em aside.
  12. Light the logs or charcoal in your smoker, and let fire burn down. You want a temperature off 220 degrees in the cooking area of your smoker. It takes about 40 minutes
  13. If you have a water smoker fill the water pan with hot water. If you have an offset firebox smoker like mine, lift the grate in the cooking area and stick a large pan of hot water in the bottom and replace the grate
  14. Meanwhile back at the ranch! Take the chickens outta the fridge and let 'em sit out while the fire's burning down
  15. Next open your two cans of beer and pour half of each can into a chilled mug. That's yours, CHEERS!!
  16. Cut the tops off of the beer cans with a can opener
  17. Take half of the chopped onion, minced garlic, & apple cider vinegar and add it to each can. VOILA!! you now have your thrones!
  18. Put each can in the large cavity and adjust 'em so the legs are bent forward and about a half an inch off the counter top
  19. Next dump all the ingredients for the Throne Mop into the blender or food processor and emulsify
  20. Your smoker should be ready by now so outside we go!
  21. Put a half sheet pan on the cooking grate. (to stablize the birds while they're smokin')and put the birds on it. close the lid.
  22. Throw a big handful of the soaked wood chips or three of the chunks or the log on top of your fire and close the lid
  23. Cook for 4 hours, mopping every thirty minutes with the mop. watch the temp don't let it get below 200 degrees when the lid's closed. If it's getting low stoke it with a small log or more charcoal but don't let it get above 220
  24. When done, take the birds outta the smoker and let 'em rest for ten minutes
  25. Serve 'em up with copious amounts of Bunyan's Barbecue Sauce (see the recipe here on JAP)

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About Bunyan's Diabetic Chicken on a Throne

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American

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