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Please Don't Stone Me........

FlatfootFlatfoot Posts: 85
Ok, I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but after over five years of Eggin', I tried my hand at Spatchcock Chicken for the first time yesterday!  Understand, I've done lots of chicken, but always pieces or beer can. I'm posting to say that I am now an official convert!  I doubt that I will ever cook chicken any other way going forward. Did it on the MM at 325, direct, standard height (I don't have my Woo for this Egg yet). It was fantastic!  I will be experimenting with different approaches and seasonings, but just did salt and pepper this time.
i started it skin side down for 15 minutes, then flipped and cooked it about another 50 minutes. The attached photo is right after the flip - I was so hungry when it was done that I didn't even take a follow-up shot!
LBGE, MM, & Mini. Weber Smokey Joe for a knockabout. 
"Honestly, Honey!  Just one more Egg, and one more gun, and I'll be done!"

Comments

  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 6,424
    Great looking chicken!
    Visalia, Ca
  • That salt ‘n pepper bird looks outstanding!
    Flint, Michigan
  • FlatfootFlatfoot Posts: 85
    That salt ‘n pepper bird looks outstanding!
    Thanks Fred!
    LBGE, MM, & Mini. Weber Smokey Joe for a knockabout. 
    "Honestly, Honey!  Just one more Egg, and one more gun, and I'll be done!"
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 13,984
    Good call. I recently cut on a partially frozen hole chicken, butchering the cut. I ended up just halfin the chicken. Point I am trying to make is.....it weren't bad either. I had done Spatchcock many times.....but loved the halves. 
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    "For those of you in the cheap seats I’d like ya to clap your hands to this one; the rest of you can just rattle your jewelry!"
    John Lennon
  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 3,086
    edited June 2019
    You might want to flip it around so the legs are at the back. The back tends to be hotter and the dark meat will take the heat better and the chicken will cook more evenly. Looks great!
    NOLA
  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,645
    Some of my favorite chickens have been just salt and pepper, a little olive oil, spatched on the Egg.  Looks like you did a great job!
  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 5,130
    Spatchcock chicken and meatloaf are two simple meals that are elevated to a whole new level on the egg. Yours looks delicious. 
    Coleman, Texas
    Large BGE & Mini Max for the wok. A few old camp Dutch ovens and a wood fired oven. LSG 24” cabinet offset smoker. There are a few paella pans and a Patagonia cross in the barn. 
    "Bourbon slushies. Sure you can cook on the BGE without them, but why would you?"
                                                                                                                          YukonRon
  • SmokeyLopeySmokeyLopey Posts: 434
    edited June 2019
    Good call. I recently cut on a partially frozen hole chicken, butchering the cut. I ended up just halfin the chicken. Point I am trying to make is.....it weren't bad either. I had done Spatchcock many times.....but loved the halves. 
    Our local butcher cuts them in half for us and we have enjoyed them on the egg. We cook them direct at 350° for ~20 mins per side. 
  • FlatfootFlatfoot Posts: 85
    buzd504 said:
    You might want to flip it around so the legs are at the back. The back tends to be hotter and the dark meat will take the heat better and the chicken will cook more evenly. Looks great!
    I actually did turn the bird around after the flip. I'm going to try to remember to do that from now on!  😎
    LBGE, MM, & Mini. Weber Smokey Joe for a knockabout. 
    "Honestly, Honey!  Just one more Egg, and one more gun, and I'll be done!"
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 21,332
    edited June 2019
    Better late than never and full marks for fronting up on the forum.  I'm sure it was great.  I am also a big fan of the half-cocked bird.
    Procedure linked here: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/halfc.htm 
    Great way to get two totally different flavor profiles w/o any bleed-over.  FWIW-

    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here; L&S BGE's, PBC, Lang 36; burnin wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • smokingalsmokingal Posts: 1,025
    Don't be embarrassed.  I still haven't tried it.  Your chicken looks great, btw.
    It's "Smokin Gal", not "Smoking Al".
    Egging in the Atlanta GA region
    Large BGE, CGS setup, Kick Ash Basket, Smokeware SS Cap,
    Arteflame grill grate

    http://barbecueaddict.com
  • SmokeyLopeySmokeyLopey Posts: 434
    Spatchcock on the shelves in Irish grocery store. Was pretty good, although we had to cook in oven...since we didn't take our egg with us.
  • JohnnyTarheelJohnnyTarheel Posts: 6,249
    Nice bird... a favorite here
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • RockyTopDWRockyTopDW Posts: 326
    it's hard to beat!
  • NCSmokyNCSmoky Posts: 449
    Well, they'll stone you when you're trying to be so good
    They'll stone you just like they said they would
    They'll stone you when you're trying to go home
    And they'll stone you when you're there all alone
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned
    Well, they'll stone you when you're walking on the street
    They'll stone you when you're tryin' to keep your seat
    They'll stone you when you're walkin' on the floor
    They'll stone you when you're walkin' to the door
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned
    They'll stone you when you're at the breakfast table
    They'll stone you when you are young and able
    They'll stone you when you're tryin' to make a buck
    Then they'll stone you and then they'll say "good luck"
    Tell ya what, I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned
    Well, they’ll stone you and say that it’s the end
    Then they’ll stone you and then they’ll come back again
    They’ll stone you when you’re riding in your car
    They’ll stone you when you’re playing your guitar
    Yes, but I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned alright
    Well, they’ll stone you when you walk all alone
    They’ll stone you when you are walking home
    They’ll stone you and then say you are brave
    They’ll stone you when you are set down in your grave
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned
    Charlotte  NC - XL LG Med Mini MM 
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 13,984
    edited June 2019
    NCSmoky said:
    Well, they'll stone you when you're trying to be so good
    They'll stone you just like they said they would
    They'll stone you when you're trying to go home
    And they'll stone you when you're there all alone
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned
    Well, they'll stone you when you're walking on the street
    They'll stone you when you're tryin' to keep your seat
    They'll stone you when you're walkin' on the floor
    They'll stone you when you're walkin' to the door
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned
    They'll stone you when you're at the breakfast table
    They'll stone you when you are young and able
    They'll stone you when you're tryin' to make a buck
    Then they'll stone you and then they'll say "good luck"
    Tell ya what, I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned
    Well, they’ll stone you and say that it’s the end
    Then they’ll stone you and then they’ll come back again
    They’ll stone you when you’re riding in your car
    They’ll stone you when you’re playing your guitar
    Yes, but I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned alright
    Well, they’ll stone you when you walk all alone
    They’ll stone you when you are walking home
    They’ll stone you and then say you are brave
    They’ll stone you when you are set down in your grave
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned
    Bill....you are a profit.....I mean prophet. 
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    "For those of you in the cheap seats I’d like ya to clap your hands to this one; the rest of you can just rattle your jewelry!"
    John Lennon
  • NCSmokyNCSmoky Posts: 449
    Bill....you are a profit.....I mean prophet. 
    Low hanging fruit
    Charlotte  NC - XL LG Med Mini MM 
  • 1voyager1voyager Posts: 820
    NCSmoky said:
    Well, they'll stone you when you're trying to be so good
    They'll stone you just like they said they would
    They'll stone you when you're trying to go home
    And they'll stone you when you're there all alone
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned
    Well, they'll stone you when you're walking on the street
    They'll stone you when you're tryin' to keep your seat
    They'll stone you when you're walkin' on the floor
    They'll stone you when you're walkin' to the door
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned
    They'll stone you when you're at the breakfast table
    They'll stone you when you are young and able
    They'll stone you when you're tryin' to make a buck
    Then they'll stone you and then they'll say "good luck"
    Tell ya what, I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned
    Well, they’ll stone you and say that it’s the end
    Then they’ll stone you and then they’ll come back again
    They’ll stone you when you’re riding in your car
    They’ll stone you when you’re playing your guitar
    Yes, but I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned alright
    Well, they’ll stone you when you walk all alone
    They’ll stone you when you are walking home
    They’ll stone you and then say you are brave
    They’ll stone you when you are set down in your grave
    But I would not feel so all alone
    Everybody must get stoned
    Bill....you are a profit.....I mean prophet. 
    Or tangled up in blue.
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