Traeger Spatchcock Chicken
A great way to have a barbecue feast on a budget is to cook a whole chicken on your Traeger grill.
Prepare Chicken for Grilling
Preparing the chicken for the grill is very simple. In fact, there are only two steps!
Spatchcocking the Bird
Seasoning with a Dry Rub
Spatchcock the Chicken
Use a pair of kitchen shears and cut the backbone out of the chicken.
Simply cut down one side of the backbone and then the other.
Season the Chicken
Rub both sides of the bird with olive oil and then liberally coat with Traeger’s Citrus Black Pepper Chicken Rub.
Choose Wood Pellets
I was burning Traeger Signature Blend pellets.
These pellets are a blend of cherry, hickory and other hardwoods.
Perfect Traeger Temperature
Start your grill and set the temperature to 375F. Let the grill pre-heat at 375F for at least 15 minutes.
Spatchcock Chicken on the Grill
Place the chicken breast side UP on the grate.
Cook until the breast meat reaches 160F.
Baste the Bird
When the chicken is almost done cooking, around the 45 minute mark, brush the top of the bird with Traeger’s Sweet & Heat barbecue sauce.
I was surprised by how well this chicken turned out.
The color of the bird was beautiful and the breast meat was extremely juicy even without using a brine or injection.
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