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Spatchcock Chicken

The "Spatchcock" technique allows for a quicker, more uniform cook to a whole chicken. With a little extra prep you can spread out the cooking surface and feed your guests in no time. Throw on some Rock's Anytime & Rock's Citrus or grab for some Rock's Hey Boo! Honey. And when it's done, kick it up a notch with some Rock's Irish Whiskey BBQ Sauce to finish it off!
QUICK RECIPE: Spatchcock chicken, smoked at 375° for 75 minutes, rest and serve
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Rest 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Barbecue
Servings 5 people
Calories 43 kcal



  • Before you begin to spatchcock your whole chicken, set your Traeger Timberline 1300 smoker to 375° and allow to come to temp.
    Smoked Q Traeger Timberline 1300
  • NOTE: For this recipe we used the new Traeger Meat Church pellets
    1/4 bag Traeger Meat Church Pellets
    Meat Church-Deckman Pellets

Spatchcock Technique

  • Spatchcock is a technique used to spread out the birds cooking surface. To begin, flip the bird breast side down.
    1 whole Chicken
  • Locate the spine, and take a pair of cooking shears to cut along the right side of the backbone.
  • After cutting all the way along the backbone, switch to the left side and cut out the entire backbone, then discard.
  • Next make a small incision in the middle of the breast bone. Then flip the bird over and lay it breast side up.
  • Now take the palm of your hand and apply some pressure to the bird to separate the breast bone, thus laying the bird "flat".


  • With the bird prepped, pat dry with a paper towel. This will allow for a crispy skin.
  • Next apply a 2 to 1 ratio of our Rock's Anytime Spice Blend and our Rock's Citrus Spice Blend.
    2 tbsp Rock's Anytime Spice Blend, 1 tbsp Rock's Citrus Spice Blend
  • With the birds prepped and your smoker to temp, place the bird directly on the grate but spread them out "flat".
  • Allow to cook for about 75 minutes, until the internal temp on the breast reaches 162-163°
    Spatchcock Chicken on the Smoker
  • When at temp, pull the bird off and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes to serve to your guests.
    Spatchcock Chicken Finished

Learn a little more

If you’re looking to impress your guests with a delicious and satisfying meal, consider serving a whole chicken. It’s an adaptable protein that can be prepared in a variety of ways and is sure to please. However, to ensure that your chicken is flavorful and cooked to perfection, there are a few key things to keep in mind.
When cooking a whole chicken, seasoning it properly is crucial for a delicious taste! Some popular choices include rosemary, thyme, garlic, and lemon – all of which are featured in our Rock’s Citrus Spice Blend. It’s important to season both the inside and outside of the chicken to ensure each bite is bursting with flavor. For even more deliciousness, try experimenting with different spice blends or marinades – your taste buds will thank you!
There are several methods for cooking chicken, including the classic oven roast for crispy skin and tender, juicy meat. However, our favorite method is grilling on our Traegers for a smoky flavor. Regardless of your method, it’s essential to monitor the chicken’s internal temperature to avoid overcooking or undercooking. The USDA recommends cooking whole chickens until the internal temperature reaches at least 165°F.
For optimal results, let the chicken rest for at least 10-15 minutes after cooking before slicing. This allows the flavors and juices to spread evenly throughout the meat, resulting in tender and delicious chicken. Presentation-wise, you can serve it sliced or whole on a platter for a stunning display.
In conclusion, a whole chicken can be a delectable and impressive meal for any occasion. By using the right seasoning and cooking technique, you can ensure that it’s cooked to perfection and packed with flavor. With a little practice, you’ll become a pro at making a whole chicken in no time.


Nutrition Facts
Spatchcock Chicken
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% Daily Value*
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Poultry, Rock’s Anytime Spice Blend, Rock’s Citrus Spice Blend
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