Recipe courtesy of Arnold's Country Kitchen

Smoked Fried Chicken

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  • Level: Advanced
  • Total: 21 hr 10 min (includes confit time)
  • Active: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 1 serving


BBQ Seasoning:

Arnold's Alabama White Sauce:

BBQ Smoked Fried Chicken:

Arnold's Hot Sauce:

Spanish Rice:


Special equipment:
a smoker; cherry wood chunks; a deep-fryer or deep-fry thermometer
  1. For the BBQ Seasoning: Stir together granulated garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and granulated sugar in a bowl.
  2. For Arnold's Alabama white sauce: Combine mayonnaise, buttermilk, Parmesan, vinegar, granulated garlic, horseradish, lemon juice, mustard, hot sauce, Worcestershire, granulated sugar, pepper, garlic and 1 tablespoon BBQ seasoning in a food processor. Blend until fully combined, about 30 seconds. Let sit overnight, refrigerated, for best flavor.
  3. For the BBQ smoked fried chicken: Preheat a smoker for cooking with cherry wood.
  4. Rub 1/2 chicken with some of the BBQ seasoning on both sides. Smoke with cherry wood until internal temperature reaches 130 degrees F. Cover with margarine and rub both sides with more BBQ seasoning and wrap in aluminum foil. Place back on smoker until temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Remove from smoker and leave in foil to confit in fat overnight.
  5. For Arnold's hot sauce: Bring hot sauce, corn syrup, honey, granulated sugar, granulated garlic, sriracha, paprika, brown sugar, cayenne, white pepper and 1/4 cup BBQ seasoning to a slow simmer in a saucepan, and simmer, stirring, for 10 minutes. Let cool.
  6. For the Spanish rice: Melt margarine in a saucepan and add onions. Saute until onions are translucent. Add rice and cook, stirring, until rice gets a little brown. Add tomatoes and celery and cook until soft. Add chicken broth and stir once. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until liquid has almost disappeared, then stir once and cook, covered, for about 5 more minutes. Add salt to taste.
  7. For the BBQ smoked fried chicken: Bring oil to 350 degrees F in a deep-fryer or Dutch oven.
  8. Fry chicken for 7 minutes. Serve on Spanish rice, covered in Alabama white sauce and Arnold's hot sauce.