BDSkelly ~ Encore Smoke. Spatchcocked Hen on the Mini MWSM

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bdskelly, May 23, 2015.

  1. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So, Mrs BD made a request on he way home today. She'd like a bit of yard bird for dinner. "Not a problem dear.  Leave everything up to me" 

    So I went to the "fancy" grocery store where they only sell free range, nothing added,  organic, college educated chickens. 

    This one was 5 and 1/4 pounds. 


    Flip the hen over breast side down. Taking my shears I cut the backbone out of the chicken.


    Now some folks like to simply cut through the breast plate and keel bone. I spend an extra 2 minutes and remove them. It helps the hen lay flat.



    Flip the hen over and gently insert your finger between the skin and breast meat.  Slip in 2 pats of butter on each side.


    Season front and back of your bird. I use a combination of a chicken rub I've used for years and a bit of cumin and garlic.  Just a dash of that garlic. Not too much!


    Put that bird in the fridge for an hour. 

    Time to light the Mini. I'll light about 15 briquettes in the in the starter.


    I use disposable aluminum pie plates filled with a bit of water for a diffuser.  Easy clean up because I toss them in the trash when I'm done!


    When the chimney coals are glowing I add them to one side of the basket.  The other side is filled with unlit briquets. This makes for a long consistent burn. 

    I'm using Apple wood chips for this bird. 


    And the hen goes on the top grate with the Maverick probe in the breast.  It's important to cook the bird to and internal temp of 165 at the breast. 


    I expect this bird to take a few hours to cook. The Mini makes TBS like a champ.

     
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  2. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Even in a heavy Texas Thunder Storm the Mini keeps working away!

     
    Last edited: May 23, 2015
  3. bryce

    bryce Smoking Fanatic

    Looking excellent BDS. I'll have to give the butter a try as well.

    Apple is good on chicken. Have you ever tried pecan? I haven't but should give it a shot sometime.

    "College educated chickens" bwaaahaha :th_roflmao:
     
  4. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lookin awesome b, not much better than some Q & brew ! :yahoo:
     
  5. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Looks great Brian!    Not sure i'd keep the maverick in the rain though.  
     
  6. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like that downpour is helping fill the pool! I think he left the Maverick outside so he can get the new model or an Igrill.:biggrin:
     
  7. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thank you!
    Thanks Big J... Yup. It's Miller time!
    If I get the maverick out of the rain I might melt. I'm staying high and dry... 
    I'm busted. I must admit with fathers day and my birthday coming up.... 
     
  8. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Hana hou!!!
     
  9. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes my friend. Hana hou!  I expected you'd be working your tail off this weekend. 
     
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good BD! But man all those extra steps! The bone cut out, the butter, chimney full of lit briquettes, hope she brought you home a bunch of beer, that's thirsty work!
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2015
  11. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't typically do this.  But after the torrential rain plus the awesome smell coming from the mini... I just had to take a peek... 

     
  12. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Negotiation chips for a later date my friend! There is a lotta love in this chicken. 
     
  13. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I'm heading in to work now. I don't mind working holidays because I get double pay when I do!

    I'll check back in when I'm pau hana...

    Looking ono!
     
  14. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Okay pal. When you are off. The chicken will be ready! b
     
  15. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ok Thebird is at 163 IT so its close to done...   Time to grill the asparagus.

     
  16. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That bird is looking tasty!
     
  17. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    At 165 degrees at the breast the bird is done and very juicy.  I like to serve the chicken with a squeeze of lime. Tastes great! 

    Served with and appetizer of steamed artichokes.

     
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  18. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thank you B
     
  19. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great cook, b
     
  20. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Adam.  But the mini did all the work! b
     

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