Spatchcock Chicken

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by pignit, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This smoke restored my confidence in smoking whole chicken. I took two whole chickens and spatchcocked them both. Broke the skin loose from the meat and slid some garlic butter liberally inbetween. I then seasoned the whole chicken with Tones poultry seasoning. Next I took bacon and layed it on top of the chicken like a blanket. I also sprinkled some Tones on the bacon.


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    Slammed them in my MBG smoker and brought the temp up to 260. Put some apple juice in the water pan and I filled the smoke daddy up with a pellet called Herb Delight. Oak pellets with rosemary, garlic and thyme added to them. I also sprinkled in some applewood chips. This combo is awesome on poultry.

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    Pulled them out in about 3 and a half hours. Internal reading was 163. Covered them up and let them rest for about 20 minutes.


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    I really like this method of cooking chicken. These things were just a tad over 4 bucks per chicken. Tender, juicy, and the skin was crunchy. If you haven't tried this method I would definitely recommend it.


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    Shweeeeeeeet!


    Thanks for lookin!
     
  2. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice lookin' birds. Big suckers, eh?
     
  3. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    wow does that look good-I do 1/2 chickens on indirect on the grill-bacon next time-thanks.
     
  4. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great, Dave! Sounds like a good combination.
     
  5. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've never heard the term "spatchcock" before but am glad you showed some pics! Definitely looks like it was a fine meal with the tender meat ya got out of it!
     
  6. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's just a matter of cutting the backbone out of the chicken and laying it down flat. It is really easy to work with and I think it is a great way to smoke a chicken.
     
  7. m1tanker78

    m1tanker78 Meat Mopper

    Niiiice

    Tom
     
  8. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Excellent job! Looks like the bacon kept it nice and juicy.
     
  9. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    looks very tasty!!! seen raichlen do this and seems like a good way to do it and really cut down cooking time. nice lookin chix there. wish i was there eatin soma that!!!
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  10. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Those look fantastic nice wood combo too [​IMG]
     
  11. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    Those look wonderful

    spatchcocked chickens are my favorite way to do them; in the oven, gril or smoker.
     
  12. fired up

    fired up Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    That chicken looks great Pignit!
     

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