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Spatchcock chicken on the Kamado


Smoke Blower
Joined Sep 10, 2019
Well I'd really like to tell you guys that I lovingly selected an organic chicken raised on fairy grass and butchered by excessive cuddling and the rest but the honest truth is we saw this in the grocery today and I thought "why not".
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Brought it home fired up the Joe to about 375. No deflectors or anything else just put the grates up on the highest position and let 'er rip
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About 40 minutes later I had this:
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No smoking wood or anything else but the charcoal flavor was there in spades. What a wonderful upgrade on a bird - keep an eye out though after about a half hour I could have taken it off a bit earlier since there was some crisp on the bottom but the meat was still on the good side of juicy!

Fueling Around

Master of the Pit
SMF Premier Member
Joined Dec 10, 2018
I love spatchcock for whole bird cooking.
My wife was leery the first time until she saw all the skin was nice and crispy and the thigh meat was cooked out without killing the breasts.


Master of the Pit
Joined Jan 17, 2013
Looks like your cook came out good. Was the seasoning good on the prepackaged bird?


Smoke Blower
Joined Sep 10, 2019
It was okay...not really notable but okay. I'll do this again, but I'll do it with a regular 'flavored' rub of some sort like Ted Readers Bone Dust or just SPOG. The package claimed greek style but it needed more punch to me. I like the flavors of garlic, lemon and oregano to be REALLY apparent.

What I really thought was good here is:
- 1st time grilling a spatchcock chicken and next to beer can this has become my favorite.
- Technique was simple but I do hope that anyone who's wondering will learn from this . I didn't use any deflectors so it was just direct about 375 at the highest grill level in the KJ.
- Time for this size of bird was about 40 minutes and I could have pulled it a bit sooner. The skin was perfectly crispy and the meat was still juicy but I've done them a bit better...grin... One bad thing about winter is that you don't want to go outside to check!

All in all it was a tasty meal with a salad with balsamic vinegar vinaigrette. Balsamic, olive oil, garlic, dijon mustard and honey....

smokin peachey

Master of the Pit
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Joined Aug 1, 2016
Looks good. Congratulations on making it onto the featured threads rotator!


Epic Pitmaster
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Joined Jun 11, 2015
Looks fine to me. I could plate that bird.


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