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Spatch chick in the fridge - PREP?

Hey gang..

Have a spatch'd bird in the fridge for Egging tomorrow and am wondering..

I've heard you should rinse and leave in the fridge overnight for crispy skin.  OK, but should it be covered (maybe with plastic wrap) to prevent food flavors from other stuff in the fridge?  Or should it go fully "neked"?

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  • Fully naked. You want the skin to dry out as much as possible overnight. I leave it for 2 days when I can, but you'll get very good results after 24 hrs.
  • SGHSGH Posts: 24,014
    Brother Chilly called it right. Leave it uncovered. Be warned. Some times poultry/foul will take on a funny hue if you will. No need to be concerned though. This is only unpleasant to the eye while still raw. Once cooked the palate will more than appreciate the overnight sit uncovered. Works wonders for the skin my friend.

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,699
    Uncovered is it. But 80% of mine is last min (pull out of bag and toss on Egg) and still fine if you go 400 Direct and Raised.
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  • SmokyBearSmokyBear Posts: 371
    Thanks guys..left the chick fully unclothed :) in the fridge overnight so will see how it goes.
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  • Hey, in my opinion, these cook best if you don't put it on the egg straight out of the fridge. I usually grab a bird at whole foods, they butterfly it for me which is a great help. I bring it home, season it, and put it in a gallon ziplock. Light egg, get it to Like 600 deg, put in plate setter. When temp is at ~400 deg, I dump in some apple and pecan chunks, put the bird on, and close lid. Cook at 400 for 1 hour. Bird always temps to a perfect 165 for me. Good luck!!!!
  • SmokyBearSmokyBear Posts: 371
    If you take the bird out of the fridge prior to Egging, do you cover it with plastic wrap at that point to prevent bacteria?  I'd think that might undo some or all of the goodness of leaving it sit neked overnight..

    How long should it sit out before putting it on the grill?

    I put melted butter on the chick before and it seemed to really help the flavor and Dizzy Pig (Raging River) sticking..but will that screw up the crispiness of the skin now that it's been sitting uncovered in the fridge for the past ~24 hours>
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  • ChillyWillisChillyWillis Posts: 887
    edited August 2014
    It shouldn't. I use a splash of Olive oil rubbed over the skin to help the raging river adhere to the bird and the skin always comes out fantastic.

    Melted butter sounds like it'd be tasty. I may have to try that next time.

    Also I pull the bird from the fridge, rub with EVOO and rub and toss it right on the egg. I don't bother letting the bird sit out.
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