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wood chips Spatchcock Chicken

claycampclaycamp Posts: 59
edited 3:21AM in EggHead Forum
I've been egging for about 3 weeks and have found the majority of the information I need on this site. I'm going to try two things for the first time tonight

1. Spatchcock chicken (naked wiz's instructions)

2 using wood chips. I have some mesquite chips. my question is when do I add the chips and should I put them in water first?

I've used the search function to try to find the answer, but I getting bogged down in all the technical answers.

thanks in advance


  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    I wouldn't use mesquite with chicken -- it is a strong smoke and the poultry will be overpowered by it. If you choose to use it, do so sparingly. Milder woods like fruit woods and pecan tend to pair better with chicken according to my taste buds.

    No reason to smoke the chips before you use them.
  • claycampclaycamp Posts: 59
    thanks- I'm going to stay away from the chips tonight
  • BConkBConk Posts: 72
    I agree - for the first cook especially. I'd try to cook the chicken as close to how you'd normally cook it as possible. That way you'll get a chance to see how much better chicken is when it's cooked in a BGE without wondering if it was the smoke that made it better...etc.

    After a few successful chicken cooks - then I'd start experimenting. Apple, pecan, pear....all nice woods for spatched chicken in my experience. Even as mild as these woods can be - a little still goes a long way.
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    No need to soak any woods for the egg. Try fruit woods like pecan, cherry or orange for chicken.
  • claycampclaycamp Posts: 59
    chicken w/o any wood chips was awesome. wow and wow
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