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WSM Spatchcock chicken question

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by ragsbbq, Jun 30, 2019.

  1. ragsbbq

    ragsbbq Newbie

    I'm doing 4 whole chickens on my WSM 22 for 4th of July. Is it ok to put two on top rack and two on the bottom rack? I know normally you would never put chicken on top with something underneath but wasn't sure if it would be ok to put 2 of the birds on that lower rack? Thanks in advance for the help!
  2. drunkenmeatfist

    drunkenmeatfist Smoking Fanatic

    Do you not have the option to hang them?
  3. ragsbbq

    ragsbbq Newbie

    I guess I could, never really thought of doing that with whole chickens! I've always done them laying down, so I was kind of hoping to do that again. Just not sure of that drippings from the top chickens down to the bottom ones.

    5GRILLZNTN Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    You going to have a Coke with those 4 whole chickens? Joking aside, since it's the same meat, I don't see a problem. You can always move top to bottom, bottom to top to even out the cook.
  5. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Or you could beer can them. Another option. No problem putting chicken over chicken.
  6. ragsbbq

    ragsbbq Newbie

    Awesome, thanks for the help!
  7. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

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    ragsbbq Newbie

  9. drunkenmeatfist

    drunkenmeatfist Smoking Fanatic

    Glad you found your answer. I still think you should give hanging them a shot someday. I cook on a Hunsaker drum which is similar to the WSM. Just yesterday I cut a chicken in half and hung it. Went for about an hour and fifteen minutes at around 330-350. Very juicy bird and if needed I could have fit about 18 more chicken halves in there. Here a pic of a recent chicken cook

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  10. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Master of the Pit

    I smoke spatched chickens all the time one on top of the other and never had one problem. If you have the space in your wsm then go for it. Target temp to smoke at around 300-325 so you get some good skin. Here’s a couple in my smoke vault.