Chicken Breasts 101

Enjoy perfectly smoked Barrel House chicken breasts with these basic cooking instructions.

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Chicken Breasts 101

Items Needed

  • Seasoning
  • Cook Time: About 30-90 minutes (depending on thickness)
  • Meat Internal Temp: 165°F



It is important to follow the easy lighting instructions. When the cooker is lit correctly, it operates at the correct temperature for the entire cook.

We highly recommend the use of a digital instant read thermometer, such as the Javelin Instant Read Thermometer, to check the internal temp of food for doneness. This quickly ensures perfectly cooked food to your preferred level of doneness (e.g. rare vs. well done).

Hooked Chicken Breasts

Hooked chicken breasts prepped for cooking.

  1. Prepare the chicken for cooking and put on a generous coating of seasoning of your choice.
  2. Once the cooker is lit according to the instructions, choose one of two options for cooking the chicken breast. Either hook the breast through the thickest part of the meat and hang it on the H-Frame, or set it on a grate on the middle level of the cooker (you may want to flip it halfway through the cook). Close the lid.
  3. Cooking Temperature: When properly started, the temperature inside the barrel will be 275-315°F; however, the thermometer will typically read between 220-260°F. The lid thermometer shows a lower temperature than where the food is cooking because it is affected by the exhaust.
  4. Let the chicken cook for approximately 30-90 minutes (depending on thickness). Thick breasts will take close to 90 minutes to cook and cook best when hung on the H-Frame. A thin breast or a thick breast that has been butterflied cooks best on a grate on the middle level and takes only about 30 minutes to cook. When finished, the breast meat internal temperature should be at least 165°F. Poultry is not safe to consume at any temperature less than 165°F.
  5. Remove the chicken breasts from the Barrel House Cooker.
  6. You're now ready to enjoy juicy, flavorful chicken!