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First spatchcock chicken

So I decided to finally try to spatchcock a chicken. Below are the before and after pictures. It turned out great. I may be convinced to never cook a whole chicken any other way. Wondering why I waited nine months to try this.


  • rtt121rtt121 Posts: 653
    edited April 2013
    What kinda rub did you throw on that there bird.

    Looks great!
    Medium, and XL eggs in Galloway NJ.  Just outside of Atlantic City.  
  • Looks great!
    Well, "spa-Peggy" is kind of like spaghetti. I'm not sure what Peggy does different, if anything. But it's the one dish she's kind of made her own.
    Aurora, Ontario, Canada
  • FiremanyzFiremanyz Posts: 901
    It had weber chicken and rib seasoning. I also sprayed it with nonstick spray and coated it on top.
  • Que_n_BrewQue_n_Brew Posts: 577
    Great job. I reason to cook beer can chicken again.
  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,061
    Take the skin off next time and cook the same way. Just as moist and way more flavor from the rub.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,734
    The only way I cook them
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 8,347
    Like most of us who grew up on spinning birds or those perched on a beer can, it is hard to believe that a split (spatchcock) chicken actually works so well. 
    You will discover you can cook them direct or indirect, flipped or bone down and forget them, skinless, skin on rub on the skin, rub under the skin, injected.... it is amazing how many ways you can cook a great tasting bird. 
    Nice bird!
    Delta B.C. - Move over coffee, this is job for alcohol!
  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    Welcome to the zoo, and the bird looks great --  wait til your wife tells you -- "i love chicken, and this is very good, but can we try something else next week?"....
  • FiremanyzFiremanyz Posts: 901
    She said it was great and not blocky like I have made before.  But followed that up t with can we have something other than chicken tomorrow.  I said sure I have a packer brisket in the fridge that I picked up a few days ago at WalMart for $1.81 a pound.
  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    Well, it's not a money issue, but as an example, when i came across brining chickens with "chickite" prior to the cook, it made such a difference i had to try it about eight times to make sure before i recommended it to anyone!!  Not eight chicken dinners in a row, well, like every other night!!  :D
  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 1,366
    I love the set up to raise the grill. Little tiny terra cotta pots. Who would have thought?
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, SMALL, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 9,064
    You nailed it! Good work!
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 3,494
    Solid first spatchcock, you done good man.
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • FiremanyzFiremanyz Posts: 901
    I use those tiny terra cotta pots to also raise my pizza stone up off of the platesetter also. They are two inch pots and I think I paided .25 cents for them. Thought it was worth a try and they never worked great.
  • FiremanyzFiremanyz Posts: 901
    Auto correct sucks. It should say I thought it was worth a try and they have worked great.
  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,911
    Great looking chicken!  =D>

    Really like the homemade raised grate with the little potts! Nicely done! 
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
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