Smoked Spatchcock Chicken Recipe

on a Traeger, Pit Boss, or Other Pellet Grill

This pellet grill spatchcock chicken recipe is a favourite way to make a whole chicken for your family. Filling it with smokey flavour, crispy skin, and is just a great excuse to get outside and fire up your Traeger, Pitboss, or other favorite grill.

Roasting Chicken

Poultry Rub

Brown  Sugar

Olive Oil

Gather Ingredients


Optional Step : Brine


 If you have preplanned and have about 12 hours, you may choose to brine your chicken! Check out my Simple Chicken Brine for a quick recipe and tutorial.

Preheat + Prep Chicken


1. Preheat your Traeger, Pit Boss, or other pellet grill to 300°F. Remove any organs or giblets left in the chicken and rinse it. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.



Cut down each side of the backbone of the chicken with sharp kitchen shears, poultry shears or a really sharp knife.

Flip + Cut Breastbone


Open up the chicken and locate the breast bone. Make a small cut in it and carefully pull it open.

Flatten + Season


Turn the chicken over and push your palm gently in to the center of the chest cavity to push the chicken flat. Rub with olive oil and season. Rub with your favourite poultry dry rub. For an extra crispy skin, add 1 tbsp of brown sugar to your rub.

Smoke Then Crisp


Place the chicken on your pellet grill. Check the chicken after 30 minutes. Once the temperature has reached 150°F, turn the grill up to 400°F until your chicken has reached at least 165°F.

Rest + Carve


Allow your chicken to rest uncovered for ten minutes before carving to keep the juices from flowing out.

Garnish + Serve


Garnish with lemons and your favourite herbs. Serve with roasted veggies, fresh pickles, greens, or smoked corn!

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