1 medium-sized roasting chicken, about 5 pounds
4 tbsp. oil (divided)
0.3 cup BBQ chicken rub or seasoning (divided)
1 Food Prep
Start by removing your chicken from its packaging, checking the cavity and removing any giblets.
- Use kitchen shears, sturdy scissors or a chef’s knife to cut all along each side of the backbone, and remove the spine.
- Place your chicken cut-side down on a cutting board and press down firmly along the top of the breastbone to flatten it out. Pat your chicken dry.
- Brush the cut or bone side of the chicken with half of the oil, then season. Flip the chicken over and repeat on the skin side. Tuck the wings in along the thighs to avoid burning the wing tips.
2 Grill Prep
- Fuel: We recommend Kingsford® Hardwood Pellets
- Temp: 225°F
3 The Cook
- Place the thermometer probe into the thickest part of the breast meat without touching any bones, and position it at the center of your pellet grill.
For a rich, smoky chicken flavor, smoke the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. This should take about 2–2.5 hours.
When your chicken is at temp, remove it from the grill and allow it to rest for 10 minutes to allow the juices time to redistribute, then cut and serve.
For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.
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