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spatchcock skin up or down

shmoonyshmoony Posts: 17
edited 5:12PM in EggHead Forum
Looking for opinions on whether to cook a skin on spatchcockd bird with the skin down or up. I keep reading different opinions so I came to you guys. What do ya think.


  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,116
    Mine is skin up - direct - high in the dome and do not flip.
    Do this on mini or small or large = all works fine.
    I do leave in fridge overnight uncovered, seems to help with skin.....
    I do not oil.... just rubs...
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • RogerTRogerT Posts: 53
    I start mine skin down for about 15 minutes then flip it over to finish. On top of the Adjustable Rig Direct.

  • Raised grid,skin up, 400 degrees. You can flip it for a few minutes if you think it needs it when you're coming to temp but because of the higher heat in the dome you probably wont need to.
  • I do raised grid with the skin down for about 15 minutes and then flip it for the rest.
  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    Just like Mickey, at 375 it takes 60-75 min, depending on size of bird. :cheer:
    A few pecan chips will give him a nice mahogany tan :)
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    I really can't tell much difference. I get a nice skin cooking skin up as long as I am cooking at 350° or above.

  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,569
    raised grid, start (5-10 minutes) skin side down to get fat in skin rendering, then flip over to cook. if needed, go back to skin side down on back end of cook to finish skin to desired crispness. if you tent or cover the bird after removing from cooker, chance the skin will soften from the steam/heat off bird.

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  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    Yes. Start with skin up and finish with down to crisp it up.
  • wnbasacwnbasac Posts: 32
    wow that looks great! i tried a turkey last weekend but it wasn't what i expected so i'm gonna try this out
    whats the temp and do you put it on the grid or in a pan with a rack???
  • LovenbrauLovenbrau Posts: 307
    I usually do a 5 lb bird 25 min skin side down at 350 then flip for 30 min rib side with apple wood. Have done it skin side up for entire cook with same results, just less grill marks. The Egg is very forgiving and you will end up with good result with technique or internal temp. Good luck, the egg will make your cooks awsome either way.
  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,569
    i do spatchcock chickens high in the dome atop the rig or rig extender, so birds are 6 to 7.5 inches above the top of the fire ring. cooker temp is 375-425ish. take birds to 160 internal temp, usually 60 to 75 minutes. it takes a little practice to get it down. tom ACGP, Inc.
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