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Spatch-cocked Chickens w Q View


Meat Mopper
Joined Mar 22, 2008
Pretty simple smoke here, but this came out wonderful.  We had some friends over and this was part of the feast.

I learned this "Spatch-cock" method on this site a couple years back.  You cut out the backbone with some sharp shears and butterfly the bird open.  It cooks a lot faster, and I think it helps the smoke penetrate the meat easier.  I injected it lightly with a mixture of melted butter and Wicker's marinade.  I then rubbed the skin with olive oil and then gave it a heavy sprinkle of rub.  I used my kettle for this, building a briq fire on one side and the birds on the other.  I threw some hickory chips in and let those chicks cook until they hit 175*.  Juicy and great flavor!

Prepped up:


The birds are on:


After a couple of hours:

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Joined Sep 12, 2009
Nice job Nick !!!!

Great looking Chicken!

Good job sucking that gut in too!



Meat Mopper
Joined Oct 18, 2009
nice Q view 

i just finished eating, and those birds made me hungry again!  LOL

and, ohhhhhh!  so that's what spatch-cocked means!  i've heard the term, but never knew what it meant.  thanks!


Master of the Pit
Joined Aug 4, 2009
Nice, those look good and i just tried them this way last time and i think i will always do them like this, they do cook quicker and seem to take

in more flavor being cut open.

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