What is cooking? Simply put cooking is the application of heat, by various means, to food. When our ancestors discovered fire, and how to make it, the art of cooking followed. In the beginning, food was suspended over a fire on a stick, or placed on a flat rock to get the meat they were cooking close to the fire. This way of cooking is still done, and in modern times, we have invented many ways to get the food to the fire and cook it evenly. We have grills, smokers, stoves, ovens, we use charcoal, electricity, wood and gas. But what we are doing hasn’t changed from the beginning, getting what we are cooking close enough to the fire to change the structure of the food by applying heat to it.
Today we are going to look at one of the ways we cook food, Smoking. Smoking is essentially using lower heat, with the addition of wood smoke to cook dry or tough cuts of meat in a way to produce a dish that is tender and full of flavor.
One of the more difficult meats to cook and produce a moist tender dish is Chicken breast and for the most part, we cook it boneless and skinless, and resort to coating and frying, marinating and grilling, or making skewers to cook chicken breast to prevent it from being dry.
Chicken breast is ideally suited to smoking if you use the right cut. Today, we are using bone-in, skin-on chicken breast.
This is highly suited for smoking and we are going to take a look at what we can do with it.
Smoked BBQ Chicken Breast
(prep time 24 hours, cook time 3 hours)
- 4 split chicken breasts, bone-in, skin-on
- Hatch green chili seasoning
- Apple juice
- Black Currant Chipotle BBQ sauce
- Applewood chips for the smoker