How to Prepare and Smoke a Spatchcock Chicken with Ty Sherrell

If you're a barbecue enthusiast looking to take your grilling game to the next level, then get ready for a smokin' delight! Today, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of preparing and smoking a spatchcock chicken on a Recteq pellet grill, seasoned with the mouthwatering TX Brew & Barbecue Screamin' Yard Bird Rub. Get your taste buds ready for a flavor explosion!


Step 1: Spatchcock the Chicken


To start, lay your whole chicken breast-side down on a clean cutting board. Using a pair of kitchen shears, carefully cut along both sides of the backbone and remove it. Flip the chicken over and press down firmly on the breastbone to flatten it out. Spatchcocking allows for even cooking and juiciness throughout the chicken.


Step 2: Season with TX Brew & Barbecue Screamin' Yard Bird Rub


Now it's time to add that signature flavor. Generously sprinkle TX Brew & Barbecue Screamin' Yard Bird Rub all over the spatchcocked chicken, ensuring that both sides are well coated. This flavorful rub combines a blend of spices and herbs that will elevate your chicken to new heights.



Step 3: Preheat the Recteq Pellet Grill


Preheat your Recteq pellet grill to 275°F (135°C). The indirect heat and natural smokiness from the pellets will infuse your chicken with incredible flavor. Make sure you have enough pellets loaded into the hopper to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process.


Step 4: Place the Chicken on the Grill


Once the grill has reached the desired temperature, place the seasoned spatchcock chicken directly on the grates, skin-side up. Close the lid and let the magic happen. The even heat distribution of the Recteq grill will ensure that your chicken cooks evenly and retains its juiciness.


Step 5: Monitor and Maintain Temperature


It's essential to monitor the internal temperature of the chicken. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat without touching the bone. Smoke the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C), which ensures it is fully cooked and safe to eat. This process usually takes around 2 to 2.5 hours, but cooking times may vary.



Step 6: Let it Rest


Once the chicken reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the grill and let it rest for about 10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a moist and tender chicken.


Step 7: Serve and Enjoy


Now it's time to savor the fruits of your labor. Carve the spatchcock chicken into desired pieces and serve it up with your favorite sides like grilled vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh garden salad. The smoky flavors combined with the vibrant seasoning of TX Brew & Barbecue Screamin' Yard Bird Rub will surely impress your guests and leave them craving more.


Congratulations, you've just mastered the art of smoking a spatchcock chicken! The combination of perfectly cooked chicken and the bold flavors of the rub will undoubtedly make this dish a highlight of your barbecue repertoire. So fire up that grill, embrace the smoky goodness, and prepare to enjoy a finger-licking, flavorful feast like no other!



Recipe and instructions written by Ty Sherrell, seasoning by TX Brew & Barbecue.

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