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Spatchcocked Yard Bird Tonight

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My wife was telling me she needed the kitchen to cook for the crew at work for a special occasion breakfast. She treats those guys pretty good even though she moved on from her job as their boss.

So, I decided to bbq something. I figured some chicken spatchcocked would be easy. Did some brussel sprouts with Louisianna hot sausage and onion and some grilled corn too.

Came out pretty decent for an adhoc dinner.

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I don't know what spatchocked means but that is one tasty lookin yard bird

Ditto.

Tom

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Spatchcock is the coloquial cooking term for removing the backbone of the chicken by cutting along each side of it and spreading the bird open flat. The word comes from an old word used to describe the young birds that were prepared this way. El Pollo Loco cuts their chicken this way and you can see bunches of them on their grill, cut in this manner.

Here's a picture of one I did a couple weeks ago where I put it on the grill skin down where you can see the way it was done. You just use some heavy kitchen shears to cut down each side of the backbone. You end up taking out about a 3/4" piece of the back. Then squash it flat.

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Yeah boy! That looks delicious and you have grilled brussel sprouts too, a favorite of mine!

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yeah, John,

Those brussel sprouts are beginning to be a favorite of mine. Those have some carmelized onion and louisianna hot sausage in there. I think I like them better with bacon or panchetta, but the sausage was good too, and it was all we had.

The key I found to getting rid of the bitter taste is to blanch them in boiling water for 2 mins first, then cook them in the oven or skillet as you normally would. We did a side by side test and it was bitter if you don’t blanch them. When you blanch them, they are slightly sweet like corn.

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I grow brussel sprouts so when they're ready you you eat brussel spouts with every meal except breakfast. :lol: You are right about blanching or boiling them for a short time it makes all the difference.

Not really on topic here, but I love lima beans and have found many people don't like them. I wonder why that is? Maybe like brussel sprouts they just haven't had them or had them cooked properly.

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Lima beans, blackeye peas, and hominy are on my list of great sides.

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