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cooked spatchcocked chicken with onions and pickles

Spatchcock Chicken

This spatchcock technique will have you nailing a more consistent evenly cooked poultry every time you fire up your grill or smoker.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 3-4 pound whole chicken
  • 1/4 cup Classic BBQ Rub
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Molasses BBQ Sauce


  1. Place chicken breast-side down

  2. Using a pair of kitchen shears cut 1/4 inch on each side of the spine the length of the chicken.

  3. Remove the spine.

  4. Using a knife cut the small piece of cartilage located between the shoulders.

  5. Bend the shoulders back to reveal the small oval-shaped breast bone.

  6. Cut around the breast bone with your knife and remove it.

  7. Light your smoker or grill and bring the temperature up to 325 degrees F.

  8. Season both side of your spatchcocked chicken and place inside your smoker or grill

  9. Cook chicken at 325 F for 1.5 to 2 hours or until the internal temp in the hip joint reads 165.

  10. Carve and enjoy