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Traeger Kitchen

BBQ Spatchcocked Chicken

Prep Time

20 Minutes

Cook Time

45 Minutes




You don't need a backbone to pack a punch. This evenly cooked hen is juicy throughout and mopped with some serious Sweet & Heat sauce. You may never make chicken the same again.


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Units of Measurement:


  • 1 whole chicken

  • 1/4 Cup Traeger Chicken Rub

  • olive oil

  • 1/2 Cup Traeger Sweet & Heat BBQ Sauce


  • 1

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

    Grill375 ˚F

  • 2

    With a large knife or shears, cut the bird open along the backbone on both sides, through the ribs, and remove the backbone. Once the bird is open, split the breastbone to spread the bird flat; this will allow it to roast evenly.


    • 1 whole chicken

  • 3

    Brush chicken with olive oil and season both sides with Traeger Chicken Rub.


    • 1/4 Cup Traeger Chicken Rub

    • As Needed olive oil

  • 4

    Place the poultry on the Traeger, breast-side up, and cook for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the breast registers 160℉. In the last few minutes of cook time, brush the chicken with Traeger Sweet & Heat BBQ Sauce and cook for 2 minutes more until the glaze is set.

    Grill375 ˚F

    Probe160 ˚F


    • 1/2 Cup Traeger Sweet & Heat BBQ Sauce

  • 5

    Remove from the grill and let rest 5 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

Tips From the Pros: How to Smoke a Whole Chicken

Follow this step-by-step guide for smoking whole chicken with tips on buying, prepping, brines, injections, rubs, smoking woods, and a time and temp guide.

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