Spatch cock chicken

Discussion in 'Grilling Chicken' started by hardwater, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. hardwater

    hardwater Smoke Blower


    Brined 5 hours.  Raw sugar and sea salt, 2:1.  

    Jeffs rub.

    Pecan, Apple, Cherry wood + Lump Coal @ 240-250.  Internal temp is 145 after 1 hour 45 minutes.  Sweet corn was soaked in cold water an hour, de silked and rubbed in olive oil.  
     
  2. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    No peaking until your therm says 165! If you're looking.. You ain't cooking!
     
  3. Good lookin bird!!! Hope it was good eats!!
     
  4. hardwater

    hardwater Smoke Blower

    Notice there's no probe in the bird.  When I was getting started, I knew I was going to wind up having a late dinner, so I left out the meat probe in my rush.  I had to open it to stick it in at some point and that was it.  

    The temps usually bounce right back, I've left them alone and also gave myself and friends a peak, the end result is usually the same and times aren't very different.  
     
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2013
  5. hardwater

    hardwater Smoke Blower

    All was well, usually brine 3 hours longer, but decided to go for this tonight in a rush and it worked out wonderful.  

     
  6. linehand

    linehand Fire Starter

    nice looks tasty
     
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  7. Sure looks good to me!  [​IMG]   Nice & moist  [​IMG]
     
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  8. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]  :) 
     
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  9. c farmer

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

    Chick looks good , how was the corn?
     
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  10. hardwater

    hardwater Smoke Blower

    I've been doing these awhile on my weber kettle, this was only my second on my ECB... My first was with out the mods I added.  This one went much smoother.  I love these chickens, they are a big hit with the folks I tend to feed.  I do think I could work on making the skin more crisp to the bite.  I might just have to roll it around some searing coals for a few one of these times and see what happens. 
     
  11. fester

    fester Smoke Blower

    Nice job. Looks great.
     
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  12. hardwater

    hardwater Smoke Blower

    The corn was okay, nothing really special, just as well of boiled it or grilled it.
     
  13. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The bird looks awesome! For less rubbery skin try raising the temp in your cooker. If you're running with water in the pan, lose it. Anything over 300˚ will do the trick. I usually shoot for 325˚-350˚

    And I always peek in my smoker. I try to limit it to once or twice. Lately I've been too lazy to bother with the Maverick, and too absentminded to bring the Thermapen out with me when I'm smoking, so I tend to open it quite a bit at the end to check for doneness. Haven't noticed an increase in cook times. I think the prohibition on opening the smoker probably dates back to the days of the big cinder block pits where the whole top opened up.  With smaller cookers the recovery time is so short there's no real problem with the occasional peek.
     
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  14. [​IMG]  [​IMG]  Stop peeking.

    I agree on the hoter temps to get a good crispy skin

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  15. hardwater

    hardwater Smoke Blower

    Ill be trying them hotter next time for sure.
     
  16. Looks great!
     
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  17. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Loks good from here,Hardwater. How do you like the Raw Sugar[​IMG]  I feel it is much better that Brown or White processed Sugars. Doesn't burn and blacken like the others. I like to sprinkle it on Ribs to finish them ; nothing else, makes them nice with a nice Mahogany color.

    The Corn... try rubbing "Mayonaise" all over it under the hysk, then smoking it, don't laugh... it's great. [​IMG]    Don't use the MW stuff; Nasty flavor from that stuff.[​IMG].

    [​IMG]  , here's to good Smoking...

    Have fun and as always . . .
     
  18. If you're feeling really froggy, there is a video on YouTube for reverse spatch cocking. I would post a link, but I'm new and I guess that's not allowed... Anyway, might be something new to try in the pursuit of the perfect chicken.
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2013
  19. hardwater

    hardwater Smoke Blower

    I love the raw sugar, if I didn't have a bunch of Jeff's rub mixed up with brown, I'd of used it on the bird rub.  I used on a pork butt and will never go back to processed sugar as soon as I'm out of this super batch of Jeff's Rub

    I'll have to try the Mayo trick and no I wouldn't use miracle whip, stuff would gag a maggot. 

    Txtimetraveller, PM maybe? I'd love to see the vid.
     
  20. hungry one

    hungry one Newbie

    His second pic is awesome,have va good look at it
     

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