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I have tried to smoke chicken twice now and both times have taken at least 6 hours. I put the chicken (about 6 lbs) in my smoker with about 40 coals and add some wood. I also periodically add coals and wood.

Does it really take 6 hours to smoke a chicken of that size?

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are you aiming for pulled chicken or sliceable chicken? –  wax eagle Mar 30 '13 at 5:47

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While cooking low and slow has its advantages, 6 hours is a bit too long. You should be able to complete a 6 pound chicken in 1 1/2 - 2 hours @ 275°F [135°C].

Some things to remember that might help you out:

  1. You are going for an internal temp of 160°F [70°C] in the breast meat and 170°F [75°C] at the thigh.
  2. Every time you open the smoker you are allowing an ENORMOUS amount of heat to escape, this prolongs the cooking time. (If I were to bet, it would be that you are checking it too often)
  3. Almost all the flavor your going to achieve from smoking is reached in the first 30 minutes. You may want to smoke it for 30minute - 1 hour and then transfer it to a 275°F oven if you are having issues maintaining the heat in your smoker.
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No 3 for the win. –  SAJ14SAJ Sep 25 '13 at 16:13

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