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I spatchcocked 2 chickens for the first time on the egg tonight.  I rested it uncovered overnight and them rubbed it with Simply Marvelous Spicy Apple prior to cooking.  This was, by far, the most moist chicken that I have ever cooked and the skin was perfect.  The wings and dark meat were wonderfully flavorful.  However, the breasts did not have much flavor.  What do you guys suggest?  Should I brine them next time?  Should I inject them?


  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 8,046
    Did you season only the skin? I will loosen the skin from the breast and put the rub on the meat and the skin. I noticed a big difference the first time I did this. I haven't ever brined so I can't comment on how much that would help


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  • CP92CP92 Posts: 210
    I can't help ya on the chook but...wait for it...

    Laurel, MD
  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,706
    I also carefully lift the skin and apply  the rub and replace the skin. I think i makes a big difference in flavor.
    Large BGE
    Barry, Lancaster, PA
  • CP92 said:
    I can't help ya on the chook but...wait for it...

  • I only seasoned the skin.  I will try seasoning the meat as well next time.  Thanks guys!
  • Compound butter under the skin. Only way I go anymore.
  • DeckhandDeckhand Posts: 318
    After loostening the skin with your finger, use a long ice tea spoon to put rub on the breast meat.  Then take your fingers and spread it around.  Plowboy's "Yardbird" is my favorite. It's amazing how much flavor the breast meat will absorb.   Did the same thing with two whole ducks I smoked on the Egg this thanksgiving.  Duck skin is MUCH harder to loosen.  I had to use a long, flexible fillet knife between the skin and meat.  Keep the blade pressed firmly against the meat to avoid poking it through the skin.  (Though I later perforate it with the Thermapen probe to allow the fat to escape).  
  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 3,830
    Season it before you let it sit in the fridge overnight. The salts in the rub will act as a dry brine and you won't have any complaints about flavor.   

    I never mess with the skin. 
    Biloxi, MS
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  • WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!!!!
  • In addition to seasoning under the skin, I will sometimes slip some thin lime slices under the skin for added flavor. If you looked carefully you can see the round shapes in the breasts and thighs.

    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
  • War Eagle!!!
    Johns Creek, GA Large BGE Weber Kettle Weber Genesis
  • SearatSearat Posts: 80
    Another trick my wife and son have been using is duck fat on the skin before the cook. Just a little extra perfection to the task.
  • Cut a bunch of slices in them and stuff whole garlic cloves in the holes. Also shove some sprigs of fresh rosemary sprigs under the skin
    Jefferson .GA.  
    Been egging since 1985 on a medium egg
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