Thursday, August 9, 2012

Smoked Buttermilk Grilled Chicken

My sister made some awesome chicken during my trip to Alaska.  
She saw a Buttermilk Grilled Chicken recipe on the Today Show...
 It's now a family favorite!  

The recipe doesn't call for smoking,  
so if you don't have a smoker, no worries.

Smoked Buttermilk Grilled Chicken Recipe:

{Head here for the recipe if you don't plan to smoke the chicken.  
The recipe is from the Today Show shared by Debra Ponzek} 

Smoked Buttermilk Grilled Chicken

Print Recipe  
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 8 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced (my sister forgot the garlic...she used a jar)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 - 4 pounds of chicken pieces {breasts, thighs, legs}
  • *Salt & pepper to season chicken when ready to smoke & grill
Using a large bowl, combine all of the spices, garlic, buttermilk and mix well. Using a large dish {one that is deep enough for the chicken to be placed flat, side by side and covered with the buttermilk mixture}, pour the mixture over the chicken, being sure to submerge all the chicken in the yummy buttermilk and spices.   Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight.  

Smoking/Grilling the Chicken
First, grease your grates on your grill.  Turn on smoker and/or grill.  Remove chicken from the buttermilk and pat dry with paper towel.  Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Smoke for 30 minutes.  After smoking, turn grill on medium heat.  Grill chicken on both sides, until ready, when internal temperature reaches 165 F (75 C). Remove and enjoy!  *A charcoal grill would be fantastic with this recipe!

Here is a great chart for grilling times for chicken and poultry from

Grilling times for chicken and poultry   

Here are great tips for successful grilling from CHOW:

10 Steps for Successful Grilling 

My sister's smoker is Traeger. They smoke a lot of fish {salmon} in Alaska.
She used all natural apple wood pellets pictured above for the chicken.

Mmm, mmm good!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Oh thank you so much! I've been waiting for this one! Yummmmmm! Pinned it!

Mary ~ said...

Danni, I posted it early for you! Yum Yum. :O)

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