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Smoked spatchcock chicken with bbq sauce

Smoked Spatchcock Chicken with Smokey Barbecue Sauce

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 3-4 Lbs Whole chicken
  • 3-4 Tbsp Smokey Barbecue Sauce
  • 3-4 Tbsp Poultry rub


  • Place the chicken breast side down on a clean chopping board. Use a sharp boning knife or poultry shears to cut along both sides of the backbone towards the legs.
  • Trim any excess fat or skin from around the leg end of the chicken.
  • Flip the chicken over and press down firmly with the palms of your hand so that the meat is flat and spread out.
  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
  • Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt and leave uncovered for a few hours in the fridge.
  • Apply barbecue rub evenly over both sides of the chicken.
  • Set your smoker up for indirect cooking at 300 - 350°F. Add 2-3 chunks of mild smoke wood (apple or cherry are good options). 
  • Place the chicken on the grill, breast side up.
  • Smoke until the internal temperature of the breast reaches 160°F. Around 1 hour.
  • Take the Chicken off the smoker and spread barbecue sauce evenly over the skin. 
  • Place chicken back on the smoker for about 10 minutes or until the breast reaches 165°F.
  • Slice the chicken up and serve with your favorite barbecue sides, or pull the meat and use in a sandwich.