Pit Chicken

Early last fall, my site was corrupted and the back up service I paid for through my hosting service failed. I had done a Pit Chicken and taken all the pictures but couldn’t post it. I guess it is about time I got it online!
I started by spatchcocking a 4 pound chicken. Spatchcocking is a process where you cut the back bone and breast bone out of a chicken so it lays flat. You can see a video of me spatchcocking a chicken on an earlier post.

I rubbed a generous amount of Cabela’s Chicken Rub onto both sides of the chicken and under the breast and thigh skin by carefully working a finger under the skin. You can use any chicken rub you like.

I made up a basting sauce I got from Smoking Meat Forums.  One of the members makes pit chicken and inspired me. You can see how he does it at:

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/121378/pit-chicken-aka-roadside-chicken-for-youwest-coast-guys

His recipe for basting sauce is:

Pit Chix Basting Sauce

  • 2C Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1C Olive or other Oil
  • 2T Worcestershire Sauce or more to taste
  • 1/4C Brown Sugar
  • 1T Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Granulated Garlic
  • 2 tsp Granulated Onion
  • 2 tsp Fine Grind Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Celery Salt
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper or Chipotle powder. Add more if you like Heat.
  • 1/2 tsp Grnd Allspice 2
  • Lrg Egg Yolks

I only made 1/2 a recipe and had lots.

I brushed both sides of the bird with the baste and let it sit for 3 hours.

I fired up my WSM Mini with chunk charcoal and 2 apple wood chunks. and let it get to a temperature of 300 F. You could do this over indirect heat in a barbecue or even your oven but it won’t have the smoke taste.

I brushed it with baste again and put it on the Mini.

I brushed both sides of the bird with baste every twenty minutes.

Remember it was early fall here and still hot in the mountains. It was important to keep hydrated.

After 1 hour and 20 minutes, the chicken had an internal temperature of 165 F or higher in the breast and thigh meat.
I took it off and cut it into pieces and served.

I loved the sweet sour taste of the sauce with just a touch of heat. It gave the bird a great colour. This is a nice bird for a warm day (he says as he posts in November).

The Old Fat Guy

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