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1st go at a spatchcock chicken

BullhalseyBullhalsey Posts: 83
edited August 2012 in EggHead Forum
I've been reading alot on this forum about spatchcock chicken, and I had 2 yardbirds yesterday ready to beer butt 'em, but I decided I would give this method a go.....I gotta say, I'm sold on it....came out great.  Cooked them at 375-400,direct, on a raised grid, for about 45 to 50 minutes.  Added a small handful of apple wood chips.  Really liked them, thanks for all the suggestions.


  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 7,219
    Like you I was in the beer can chix mode til I found spatchcock-so much easier, moister and tastier to me.  And saves half an elcheapo beer.  Gotta be the right choice.
    Louisville   L & S BGEs 
  • Did spatchcock chicken this weekend for the first time. Can't imagine chicken on the grill any other way!
  • Am I seeing that you used wrapped potatoes to hold up your raised grid?  Nice Idea.  How did they turn out?


  • OnegrecookOnegrecook Posts: 121
    Those look great. What did you rub them with?
  • No, it was a raised grid, I had wrapped sweet potatoes under the grid, turned out great. The rub was out of the BGE cookbook for a beer butt chicken, little on the spicier side w/cayenne,chili powder,brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, I added a little cumin.
  • eggoeggo Posts: 449
    Looks like this was spatchcock weekend. I cooked up two five pound birds myself. I cooked these indirect at 400 dome, turned out great. I have also done them direct, good that way too.
    Eggo in N. MS
  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,864
    Ahhhh the joy of the first spatchcock. Nothing like it.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • DMurfDMurf Posts: 481
    Soon you will be spatchcocking a turkey, and I can tell you that is delicious.
    BBQ since 2010 - Oh my, what I was missing.
  • newegg13newegg13 Posts: 231
    I wouldn't mind a spatch turkey recipe. . .
    Amateur Egger; professional rodeo clown. Birmingham, AL
  • DMurfDMurf Posts: 481
    It is really the same as for a chicken. Take out the back bone and flatten the bird, I have never brined a turkey that I have grilled. I have also stuffed a spatchcocked turkey by cooking the dressing and stuffing it under the skin, delicious. 
    BBQ since 2010 - Oh my, what I was missing.
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