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First spatch - great success

bclarksiclebclarksicle Posts: 157
edited March 2012 in EggHead Forum
Attempted my first spatchcock last night and it was a huge success.  This board was a great source of info for the cook...many thanks!

The details:

The bird: bought a free-range bird from a local farm.  Total weight was over 6 pounds.  

The seasoning: Used a Thai-themed paste consisting of shallot, fresh ginger, chile-garlic paste, lime juice, soy, and fish sauce.  I also gave the whole bird a light coating of coconut oil prior to seasoning.  

The cook: 350, indirect with a foiled plate setter, cooked til breast was 160.

The results:  Easily the most delicious chicken I've made.  Crispy skin (let it sit in the fridge uncovered for 24 hours), super juicy on the inside.  It helped starting with a really high-quality bird.  Not sure if it's the free-range aspect, but I noticed the bird (while huge) was much leaner than the standard chicken I've bought over the years.

Results attached. Again, many thanks to the community for all the great info!

Comments

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,688
    Nice job. Good looking chicken.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • cazzycazzy Posts: 9,058

    Congrats on a successful cook.  I loved all of your ingrediants outside of the fish sauce so I would have tore that bird up.  I'm a sucker for thai food so I'll give it a whirl when the wife is out of town.

    BTW, that's a big bird.  For some reason, I always though free range were smaller.  I guess not :P

    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,688

    Congrats on a successful cook.  I loved all of your ingrediants outside of the fish sauce so I would have tore that bird up.  I'm a sucker for thai food so I'll give it a whirl when the wife is out of town.

    BTW, that's a big bird.  For some reason, I always though free range were smaller.  I guess not :P

    Cazzy might I suggest a cornish game hen while the wife is out of town (or intown so she can have the kind she likes).......
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • cazzycazzy Posts: 9,058
    That's a good idea. Now only if knew what the heck a Cornish Game Hen was.

    Do they eat corn while playing games with hens :-?
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,688
    Yes cazzy because the hens like it ~:>
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • bclarksiclebclarksicle Posts: 157

    I loved all of your ingrediants outside of the fish sauce so I would have tore that bird up.

    I admit fish sauce is a bit of an acquired taste, but I thought it added some nice flavor as opposed to just salt.  Worth a shot if you're feeling adventurous.
  • burr_baby33burr_baby33 Posts: 503
    Mickey, spached my 1st cornish hen last night.  Better than candy and quick and easy.
  • eggnitedeggnited Posts: 94
    nice thread..inspirational...I think I will do my first spatch exactly the same way but using the Cluck and Squeal I bought at Salado. I'm going to get one of those Buddy's chickens and do the exact same thing...fridge overnight...same temps etc. Yours looks beautiful. Also like the idea of using cornish hens as a variety. I bet they are delicious too!
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 9,058
    I noticed the difference in the skin crisp after letting it sit for 24 hours. Give it a try for sure...assuming you plan ahead.
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • DOCEDDOCED Posts: 69
    That bird looks great! I have a question. I brine my chicken overnight. Would you folks than give it another 24 hrs in the fridge,uncovered to get a crispier skin or maybe just towel it off and cook??Thanks.
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