Our first test from Pitt Cue Co.: The Cookbook was more than a success. It was delicious. There are two recipes here, one for the chicken which involves the second, a House Rub that you can use and use again. The range for the rub is far beyond chicken.

The header for this recipe says to go old. Get an old chicken if you can, old and free range. The “normal” chicken in your store is really a baby, fed well for six week and then given the axe. A free range chicken, with some months of wandering about on its resume, will give you the better flavor

The recipe calls for cooking this on a smoker. We did smoke, using our Cameron stovetop smoker with apple wood. Our chicken was thick so Suzen did the splitting job. The chicken did not suffer.

The Pitt Cue Co boys suggests that this dish be served with their special Iceberg Salad and Anchovy Salad Cream. Recipes shall appear here promptly. In the meantime, do look for a copy of Pitt Cue Co.: The Cookbook and prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Yes, the authors are British. Yes, they know how to barbeque, really know.

Whole Spicy Smoked Roast Chicken

Yield: serves 3 to 4


  • 3 tablespoons chipotle chili paste [the adobo paste in the can]
  • ½ stick unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 ¾ ounces roasted garlic paste [roast garlic and mash it up]
  • Heaping ¼ cup House Rub
  • 1 free range chicken, about 3 ¼ pounds


Blitz the chipotle chili paste, butter, maple syrup, roasted garlic paste, and house rub in a blender to a paste. Make slashes about ½ inch deep into the thighs of the chicken with a sharp knife, then rub the chicken thoroughly inside and out with the paste. Put it into a dish, cover and leave overnight in the fridge.

Prepare a barbeque for smoking [see the book pages 114-115 for details, another reason to buy the book].

Put the chicken , breast-side up, into a roasting pan that will fit inside your barbeque and smoke/roast for 1 ½ hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 158°F and juices run clear when the chicken is bricked with a knife at the thickest point of the thigh area.

Remove the chicken from barbeque and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Source: Pitt Cue Co.: The Cookbook by The Boys at Pitt Cue

Photo Information [top]: Canon T2i, EFS 60 mm Macro Lens, F/4 for 1/20th second at ISO-3200


House Rub

Yield: 10 ½ ounces


  • 1 ½ tablespoons fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ⅓ cup fine salt
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup regular paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne


Toast the fennel seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns, and coriander seed in a dry pan over medium heat for a few minutes, shaking the pan, until the spices release an aroma. Tip into a bowl and let cool.

Blitz the toasted spices in a blender to a rough powder. Combine with the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Keep in a sealed container for up to 1 week.