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BBQ Half Chicken with Alabama White Sauce

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This zesty BBQ sauce is a regional favorite of sweet home Alabama. Top a juicy Traegered bird with our white sauce recipe, and you may just have a new favorite.

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  • 1 (3 to 3-1/2 lb) fresh young chicken

  • Traeger Chicken Rub

Alabama White Sauce

  • 3/4 Cup Mayonnaise

  • 1/3 Cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/8 Cup lemon juice

  • 1/4 Cup apple juice

  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish

  • 1 Tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1 Teaspoon mustard powder

  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher salt

  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

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    Place the whole chicken breast-side down on a cutting board with the neck pointing away from you. Cut along one side of the backbone, staying as close to the bone as possible, from the neck to the tail. Repeat on the other side of the backbone then remove it.

    • 1 (3 to 3-1/2 lb) fresh young chicken

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    Open the chicken and slice through the white cartilage at the tip of the breastbone to pop it open. Cut down either side of the breast bone then use your fingers to pull it out. Flip the chicken over so it is skin-side up and cut down the center, splitting the chicken in half. Tuck the wings back on each chicken half. Season both sides of each half with the Traeger Chicken Rub.

    • As Needed Traeger Chicken Rub

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    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 375℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    375 ˚F

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    While the grill heats up, mix the remainder of the ingredients for the white sauce.

    • 3/4 Cup Mayonnaise

    • 1/3 Cup apple cider vinegar

    • 1/8 Cup lemon juice

    • 1/4 Cup apple juice

    • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder

    • 1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish

    • 1 Tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper

    • 1 Teaspoon mustard powder

    • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher salt

    • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

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    Place chicken directly on the grill grate skin-side up and cook until the internal temperature of the breast reaches 160°F, about 60 to 90 minutes.

    375 ˚F

    160 ˚F

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    After the breast hits 160°F remove halves onto a sheet tray, spoon the white sauce on the bottom and top of the chicken halves and return to the grill for 10 minutes. Remove the chicken and let it rest for 10 minutes. Slice and enjoy!