BBQ Smoked Chicken Breast

Chicken breast is often considered boring. I cook alot of thigh because i like the fat. But if you’re after lean meat, breast on its own can be moist and tasty if you remember a few simple things.

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Use a thick marinade or sticky rub on the chicken when barbecuing so it stays on during the cooking. They don’t have to be oily, just thick and moist. A tomato paste based marinade with paprika, five spice, soy sauce and peri peri works well. Maybe even with a little oil. Try making one up yourself, experiment with them. You don’t need sugar either for a good flavour. You can make versions with Balsamic vinegar too. Put shallow slices or cuts across each breast on the top skin side of the breast to allow the marinade/rub to seep into. Let this sit for at least an hour or longer if possible for any marinade.

Never leave the chicken alone when cooking it, you have to be present and check the chicken occasionally. Most people are paranoid about chicken so they often over cook breast. Better to undercook and check it – then return it for a few minutes if need be. You want to see the pink of the chicken just turn and moisture run from it then take it off. It will continue to cook on a little.

I always BBQ on a Weber Kettle. Gas BBQ’s don’t come close to producing the right heat let alone the flavours and colour. Direct cooking over coals with some soaked wood chips can not be beaten. I have been doing this for over 20 years and my visitors still get excited when they come over for a BBQ night.

I use 1/3 of a bag of Heat Beads Easy-Lite coals and BBQ about 3-4 rounds of meat for the fridge to use over a few days. It’s very economical cooking and because i am cooking outdoors i leave the smell out there too. Here is a picture below of some Turkey breast i did tonight. Don’t leave these steaks for long on the grill before flipping. With this i used dried Rosemary and Tamari soy sauce.


I use a wheat free Spiral Tamari soy sauce because i am wheat allergic. This particular Tamari is not overwhelming like most soya sauces. Tamari leaves a very nice subtle salty caramel flavour on any meat done over coals like this. It also passes for the seasoning at the same time so you can avoid salting the meat if you like. You can get low salt versions too. Abundant Earth also do a wheat free Tamari. Avoid standard chinese soy sauces, they seldom work for this kinda of subtle flavour and are generally not wheat free. If you’re not allergic like me, Kikkoman do a nice Tamari that is widely available.

Good eating!



About deanco

I run several businesses with my wife, who i love dearly. We commute around Australia and New Zealand for work. I enjoy design, wine, cooking, fitness, electronics.. and adore our 15 year old beagle.
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5 Responses to BBQ Smoked Chicken Breast

  1. Liz says:

    Don’t we all like the fat! the breast looks delicious!

  2. Scott says:

    Looks great! Let me suggest you and your readers steer clear of the easy-light style charcoal; they typically use volatile petroleum distillate oils to ignite — something I don’t want around my food, even if I think it likely burned off. Instead, use a chimney style lighter with a piece of paper.

  3. deanco says:

    Thanks for your feedback. I am speaking with Heat Beads directly will report back when i find out more information on this. However, i also use lighter cubes with other heat beads and i would say they are not much better. Appreciate the tip.

  4. Scott says:

    I confess that I had not heard of heat beads and thought you were referring to a quick-light style of charcoal. In the US, these use petroleum accellerants. I checked out the manufacturer’s site, and the product looks interesting to this American. I do wonder about the oxidizer, though. Here is a link:

  5. deanco says:

    Yep no problem. I looked at this sometime back since i had a few minor issues with expiry dates on this particular product and this has been my conversations with them to date. It’s a good product, especially their standard beads. Out of all the beads i have tried worldwide that come into both Australia and New Zealand, these have been the best by far. I will see what i can find out from them and let you know.

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