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Mini Chicken a la the Smoking Guitar Player & a Spatched Chickie on the Small (plenty o'pix)

I found these pix in the camera from a cook last month I did at my Mom's house.  I cooked two chickens that day.  One was standing in the mini a la the Smoking Guitar Player and the other was spatched in the small.  Both were cooked indirect.  The small was kept at 300 if I recall correctly and the mini was targeted for that as well.  I couldn't tell for sure about the mini's temp during the cook because I had to pull the thermometer to make the bird fit.  I started the spatchcock bird on the small 10 minutes after the bird in the mini.  The timing was still off because the spatchcock bird finished 20 minutes ahead of the standing bird in the mini.  The reason I figure that happened is the airflow was restricted in the mini.  In the end, both birds were juicy and delicious!

In the mini, removed charcoal grate and fire ring.  Foil spacers also installed (procedure developed by the Smoking Guitar Player).  I think this was my second cook on the mini.  I don't know.  That thing looks virginal clean!

 

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Indirect setup with the grid on the foil spacers, pizza stone on the grid and some nuts on the pizza stone for spacers.

 

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Chicken on!

 

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Spatchcock bird on the small.  I think I ran out of rub.  It looks a little too little!

 

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Spatched bird nearing completion?  Last pick of it.

 

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Standing bird nearing completion.  Last pick of it.  SORRY!  No money shot!

 

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Flint, Michigan.  If the lead bullets don't kill you, the leaded water will.

Comments

  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 3,173
    edited February 2013
    Any difference in outcome? I've done spatch.
    Seattle, WA
  • No.  Both were juicy and flavorful.  Either method is a winner.  I saw the Smoking Guitar Player's video on cramming an entire chicken into a mini and successfully cooking it and I was intrigued.  One of the first things I did when I got my mini was to give it a shot.  Worked great!

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    Flint, Michigan.  If the lead bullets don't kill you, the leaded water will.

  • Do you brine the chickens?
  • Not real long. I bought them in the morning and they were cooked for supper. Total brining time I estimate at 5 hours.

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    Flint, Michigan.  If the lead bullets don't kill you, the leaded water will.

  • That sounds like plenty of time.  I just recently began to brine the spatchcocked chickens and can't believe the difference it makes...  Seems like twice as much taste....
  • Like night and day. Nice job yourself. I can't tell from the photo. Are those sweet potatoes or Yukon Golds?

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    Flint, Michigan.  If the lead bullets don't kill you, the leaded water will.

  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,549
    They look like pineapple quarters 
  • Those are rum soaked fresh pineapple quarters.  Also made for the first time "Smashed Potatoes" --- that is a great recipe and simple.  Next time i do them i will make an entire pan of them, because they can go with anything, even breakfast !!

    The brining of the chicken makes such a big difference -- like the juice inside the chicken is thick and sticky -- full of flavor..

  • Rum soaked pineapple? If I wasn't such a tub, I wouldn't be on Atkins & I would have a fleet of pineapple boats floating in a sea of Captain Morgan right now!

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    Flint, Michigan.  If the lead bullets don't kill you, the leaded water will.

  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,549
    Stick some pineapple chunks in a jar with some Stoli. Ooo-Weeeee!
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