Spatchcocked Chicken on WSM

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by mkriet, Aug 1, 2016.

  1. mkriet

    mkriet Smoking Fanatic

    Tried my second run at spatchcocked chicken on the WSM smoker.  I used a commercial rub, and rubbed under the skin and on top the skin.  I also placed a couple pieces of stick butter under the skin on the breasts.  I smoked for about 2 hours, and the skin came out nice and crispy.  I used hickory wood for smoke.  I lightly coated with BBQ sauce at the end.  

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  2. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking bird,how was it?
  3. mkriet

    mkriet Smoking Fanatic

    It turned out great. It was the color I was looking for, had great tenderness, and was nice and juicy. It turned out well.

    I'm almost wondering if it might be better cooking it without the skin on since the flavor of the rub doesn't really get to the meat. Also,the chicken doesn't pick up a lot of smoke either. Any thoughts?
  4. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Brining or injecting can help get flavor in the meat,how much wood did you use I get plenty of smoke on chicken are you sure the wood is burning? Maybe the sauce over powered the smoke? I haven't smoked skinless chicken if you do I suggest brining or sticking to dark meat.
  5. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I smoke chicken on my WSM and it comes out too smokey.  I use hickory chunks and smoke at 275-300 till IT of 165 in the breast.  I've never wished for more smoke.  Anywhoo! That is a nice looking bird!  

  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great looking bird!

    Love the color!

  7. sauced

    sauced Master of the Pit

    Great looking chicken!! 
  8. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Mike, try some apple. The hickory might be a little heavy on the smoke. Also, if you can get the heat a little higher, the bird will get done a little quicker and not be in the smoke as long.

    Sorry for the hijack, Joe.

    Mkriet, yours looks really good with a great color.
  9. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pops brine. Would help but. I think you got a beauty looking bird already!
  10. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Terrific looking bird. I love the colour.

  11. mkriet

    mkriet Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks guys. I typically smoke pork, but it's nice to change it up with some chicken. I think jerk chicken will be the next bird on my smoker.

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