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chicken on the bge

pokeypokey Posts: 59
edited 9:34PM in EggHead Forum
Is there a reason that many of the structures used to hold poultry keep the birds vertical. Many of the contraptions I have seen look like mini Eiffel Towers (is it necessary?). I smoked a turkey right after Christmas and put it on the v rack that came with the egg and it turned out ok for my first attempt. I am going to attempt a whole chicken tomorrow any tips would be appreciated.



  • I'd research spatchcock. It is not difficult and you have no need for any sort of stand! I love cooking whole chickens on the egg.
  • It is not necessary, many of those are designed to hold water like for beer can chicken. On a lot of grills, you lose moisture, and these are designed to help you retain moisture. That being said, moisture loss is not an issue when cooking on the egg.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,688
    Go spatchcocked cook direct at 375/400 and cook high in the dome. You cook skin side up and never turn over.
    I leave overnight in the fridge open to do skin. I do not use oil and only put rub on 30 min's before grilling.
    Like cherry wood - very light not much needed.
    Takes an hour to hour twenty.
    Very good bird.....
    Do the same with turkey....
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511

    Give this a try. It's called 'Spatchcocked' (spatchcocking) the bird. Simply cut the spine out the critter and smash it flat, then cook bone side down, up high in the dome at about 400* dome temp. Cook poultry to 165 breast meat and 185+ thigh meat. This is a 14 pound Turkey that took an hour and 40 minutes at 375* dome.

  • How difficult is it to get the spine out? Is there a good website with instructions/photos? I'd like to try that method.
  • The easiest way is to use a sharp set of kitchen shears.
    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
    3 Large, 2 Smalls, 1 well-used Mini
  • I need to invest in a good pair of shearing scissors. Sounds like that is a must to do this. Thanks.
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    Yup, and be sure they can be taken apart easily for cleaning. ;)
  • What is a good brand to buy/model to buy?
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    Here is a recent discussion on that very topic. Mine are Gerbers and I love them
  • Thanks.
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