Grilled Butterfly Chicken

A glazed and butterflied chicken is cooking on a grill grate with smoke in the background.
This recipe is sponsored by Blues Hog

Cooked on a closed grill, this grilled butterfly chicken has the same flavors and tenderness of a smoked chicken. The closed grill can be charcoal, gas, or pellet. Though the recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients, it packs a lot of flavors. It is both seasoned before cooking and glazed during cooking.

The act of butterflying a whole chicken helps to flatten it, creating a more even meat. This results in a chicken that will cook evenly rather than having some parts cooked while other parts are still raw. This method ensures your chicken won’t dry out in some places while being raw in others.

The flavors are easily added to the chicken by selecting a good quality BBQ rub and sauce that you enjoy eating. Be conservative when adding the seasonings, however, as chicken is mild meat and can be easily overpowered.

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Four small chickens are butterflied and laid flat on a grill grated.
Lay the butterflied chicken flat on a work surface, then lightly sprinkle with the sweet and savory seasoning.
A seasoned, raw, butterflied chicken is cooking on a grill.
Place the chicken bone side down on the grill and close. Cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (71 degrees C).
A cooked and glazed butterflied chicken rests on a wooden cutting board.
Though the recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients, it packs a lot of flavor. It is both seasoned before cooking and glazed during cooking.
A glazed and butterflied chicken is cooking on a grill grate with smoke in the background.
Glaze the chicken with your smokey Blues Hog Barbecue Sauce and apple juice combination.

Grilled Butterfly Chicken Recipe

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This recipe is sponsored by Blues Hog.
A glazed and butterflied chicken is cooking on a grill grate with smoke in the background.
Cooked on a closed grill this grilled butterfly chicken has the same flavors and tenderness as a smoked chicken.
Preparation 20 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Ready in 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
CourseDinner
DifficultySeasoned
MethodGrill

Ingredients

Equipment

  • closed grill

Directions

  • Preheat a closed grill to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • Lay the butterflied chicken flat on a work surface, then lightly sprinkle with the sweet and savory seasoning. Flip and repeat on the other side.
  • Place the chicken bone side down on the grill and close. Cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (71 degrees C), about 45 minutes.
  • Combine the BBQ sauce and apple juice in a small saucepan, then warm until almost ready to boil.
  • Glaze the chicken with your smokey Blues Hog Barbecue Sauce and apple juice combination.
  • Close the grill and cook for an additional 10 minutes until the glaze has set.
  • Remove and let rest until you are ready to serve.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 6gCalories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 24gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 334mgPotassium: 306mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 231IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg

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About Joey Machado

Joey Machado made is debut into the barbecue industry when he started as marketing manager for small Texas company B&B Charcoal. He brought this to national recognition to this small company before moving on to Fogo Charcoal. Today he is a part of the marketing team for Blues Hog and Gateway Drums.

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