Zesty Mesquite Chicken

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Just look at the skin on that!

Just look at the skin on that!

Did you know that smoke is actually a flavor?

When you cook something at just the right temperature with just the right amount of smoke, you get an enhanced flavor that is essential for a fire cooks diet. I dare you to try this with any kind of meat or veggie! Today though, we are trying it with chicken! Introducing my new Zesty Mesquite Chicken recipe full of spice, flavor and smoke.

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This recipe is cooked with a half chicken so you get an amazing plethora of dark and light meat. Smoked over fire for over an hour, the outside layer is both crispy and tender all at the same time. The key for this recipe is the charcoal & wood chunks. Grill using some Cowboy Charcoal and Mesquite Wood Chunks for an amazing flavor. The mesquite wood is a heavy smoke flavor so only use a hand full when cooking! Enjoy this meal with some corn, slaw and your family for a great dinner!

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Seasoned and ready to cook.

Seasoned and ready to cook.

Juicy and delicious!

Juicy and delicious!

Cooking Details

Yields: 2-3 Servings
Cook: 1 hr 30 min
Prep: 10 minutes

Equipment Needed: Encosed grill, Cowboy Charcoal, Cowboy Mesquite Wood Chunks, tongs, and a cutting board.


Zesty Mesquite Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 half chicken
  • 2 tbsp of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp of black pepper
  • 2 tbsp of paprika
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of onion powder
  • 1 tbsp of chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp of oregano
  • Olive oil



  • When chicken is room temperature, lather with olive oil on both sides. Season thoroughly with all seasonings listed above.
  • Use some Cowboy Hardwood Lump Charcoal to light fire and let burn for 10-15 minutes. Once charcoal is white hot, push to one side of the grill for indirect grilling. Place a handful of Cowboy Mesquite wood chunks on the fire for added flavor!
  • Once the grill is medium-low heat (225F), place the chicken on the opposite side of the fire for indirect grilling. Cover the grill and let cook for 1 hr and 30 min or until internal temp is 165F.
  • Serve & enjoy!


My recommended equipment for this cook!


Cowboy Hardwood Lump Charcoal

Cowboy Wood Chunks

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