Spatchock Smoked Chicken recipe

Spatchcock Smoked Chicken

Spatchcock Smoked Chicken is a whole chicken cut to lay flat, covered in a delicious dry rub, and smoked to tender moist perfection.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, dry rub, smoked, spatchcock
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
wrap time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 82kcal
Author Krissy Allori



  • Use kitchen shears to cut chicken in half. Start at tail and work your way all the way around both sides of the spine so that the chicken is split down the middle (breast, wing, thigh, drumstick on each side).
  • Lay out two pieces of plastic wrap. Cover each chicken half with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • In a separate bowl, mix up dry rub. Generously coat all sides of chicken with dry rub, then wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate an hour or up to over night.
  • Set smoker to smoke at least 5 minutes with the lid open. Increase heat to 250 degrees F and close lid. Unwrap chicken and add to grill, skin side up. Insert meat thermometer into the thigh, avoiding contact with bone. If just using dry rub and not BBQ sauce, continue to cook until internal temperature of the thigh reads 165 degrees F. My chicken took about 1 hour and 15 minutes to fully cook.
  • Optional: While the chicken is smoking, make whiskey BBQ sauce. Smoke until internal temperature of breast reads 145 degrees F. At this point, smother chicken in BBQ sauce and continue to cook until internal temperature of the thigh reads 165 degrees F.
  • Allow chicken to rest for at least 10 minutes before eating.


One Spoon Dry Rub recipe:
Whiskey BBQ Sauce recipe:


Calories: 82kcal | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Iron: 0.1mg