SMOKED CHICKEN: Day 12 of 31 Days of Creative Caring


Sometimes the littlest things mean a lot…

I honestly don’t remember the first time I watched him do it, but I know it was about 15 years ago.

My husband (aka Renaissance Man on this blog) got up on a Saturday morning and went to the grocery store to buy chickens. Upon returning home, he fired up the smoker and cooked chickens for several hours until they were melt-in-your-mouth tender. While still warm, he wrapped the chickens in heavy duty foil, carried them to the car…

… and delivered them to people he thought could use them.

  • Elderly acquaintances and friends
  • Grieving families
  • People struggling financially … or emotionally
  • People dealing with medical challenges
  • “Just because” it seemed like the right thing to do

It’s “just a chicken” … but it’s the foundation of a meal for someone who’s too tired to think about cooking. It’s an unexpected touch of kindness during a difficult time. It’s delicious.
I have no idea how many people my more-introvert-than-extrovert husband has cared for through the years … how many lives he has touched with his much-used cooler filled with warm smoked chickens…
Why do we think we have to make an entire meal or plan ahead?  Sometimes we just have to care… creatively.

Do you (or someone you know) have a “signature” creative something you do to show you care?

This is part of a 31-day series. To read previous posts, go HERE.


  1. God bless your Renaissance Man! He would be a proper role model for kids who think being “cool” is hanging out with their britches halfway past their crack and being socially disruptive. The real cool is in a man who can reach outside of himself and do something useful and caring for others. You guys have a good weekend!

  2. What a wonderful, wonderful man you have! I love that idea. I’ve never been all that comfortable with my own cooking, but I have two things total that I like to make for people, pumpkin bread and baked pineapple. Other than that, I usually partner with my sister and mother to bring full meals. They are both great cooks.