The Ultimate way to cook a chicken.
- 1 chicken 3-4lbs
- 3/4 cup favorite rub I like The Slabs - Birds and Bones
The first step is to preheat the smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Then it is time to spatchcock. Select a nice bird, roughly 3-4 pounds.
Place the chicken on a cutting board breast down with the legs pointing towards you.
Then cut out the back bone. Sounds bad, but if you have a nice pair of poultry shears it is no problem. The shears will cut right through the ribs that are connected to the back bone.
Once the back bone is removed, I also like to cut out the breast bone. This is not always done, but I like to do it. To do this spread the bird out and then using the shears or a sharp knife, slice the bone out. Just follow the edge of the bone and it will be super easy.
Flip the bird over and spread it out. Then you are done. Your chicken is officially spatchcocked!
I then like to season the meat side of the bird first. For this post I am using Birds and Bones by The Slabs. It is a great poultry/general purpose rub. I like that the flavors are not too strong, but complement the meat.
Flip the bird and then season the skin side.
Then place the chicken into your preheated 250 degree smoker for roughly 3.5 hrs. Use a fruit wood such as pear, cherry or apple when smoking chicken. I find the fruit woods really work well with chicken as it seems to absorb too much smoke flavor from other traditional smoking woods.
I wish I had an exact time for you but all smokers/chickens are different and the only true way to know is by temperature. You will need to check the temp in the thigh and pull it at 180. I use 180 in the thigh as a good temp to make pulled chicken. If you want slice-able chicken, pull it when the thigh is 165. I like to serve pulled chicken when it is smoked.