Skillet Roasted Spatchcock Chicken with Smoked Amber Ale BBQ Sauce

Skillet Roasted Spatchcock Chicken with Smoked Amber Ale BBQ Sauce

There’s something about snow storm that makes me want to BBQ some chicken.

Skillet Roasted Spatchcock Chicken with Smoked Amber Ale BBQ Sauce

There is absolutely nothing about a snow storm that sends me running to the grocery to clear the shelves of bread and milk.  I really don’t get it.  I realize that in the south the mere threat of one single snow flake will create the kind of panic that the rest of the world laughs at, but it happens so rarely that we just aren’t equipped to deal with it.  That part makes sense to me.  What doesn’t make sense is the sudden need to stock up with bread and milk.  What are you going to do with it?

Skillet Roasted Spatchcock Chicken with Smoked Amber Ale BBQ Sauce

Now, I don’t deny that I join the masses at the grocery just before the snow comes, but you won’t find me in the bread or milk aisles.  You will absolutely find me in the beer aisle because even though we usually have our kegerator and beer fridge stocked up, the mere possibility that we could be snowed in without an abundance of beer will send me to a grocery to pick up some local craft beer and a chicken.  I might also swing by a brewery for a growler.

Skillet Roasted Spatchcock Chicken with Smoked Amber Ale BBQ Sauce

Even though I love it when it snows here, there’s something about bbq chicken that feels like a glimmer of summer and a reminder of cookouts that warms up the winter weather for me.  So next time it snows, fix a skillet roasted spatchcock chicken with smoked amber ale bbq sauce.  You won’t even have to go outside and bust out the grill.  You can reminisce about summer and stay warm in front of the fireplace while watching the snow fall out the windows.

Skillet Roasted Spatchcock Chicken with Smoked Amber Ale BBQ Sauce

Skillet Roasted Spatchcock Chicken with Smoked Amber Ale BBQ Sauce


    For the Smoked Amber Ale BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups beer (I used Triple C's Smoked Amber
  • 28 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 -3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 3 - 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 10 - 12 pound chicken


  1. Heat butter and olive oil over medium-high in a large cast iron skillet or other heavy bottom pan
  2. Add onion and cook until softened and fragrant
  3. Add garlic and cook another minute or so
  4. Add beer
  5. bring to a boil, reduce heat and add tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, Dijon, apple cider vinegar, molasses, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire, and smoked paprika
  6. Bring to a simmer and cook about 1 hour or until thickness desired
  7. Preheat oven to 450
  8. Arrange chicken in a cast iron skillet back side up
  9. Brush with some Smoked Amber BBQ Sauce
  10. Transfer to oven and cook 4- 50 minutes, brush with more bbq sauce every 5 minutes or so, when temperature reaches 160 degrees remove from oven
  11. Rest 10 minutes
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  1. BBQ Sauce will thicken when cooled
  2. Adjust with seasonings to achieve desired taste
  3. For really great instructions on how to spatchcock a bird go check out my friend Chey’s post over here.  You can also ask your butcher to do it for you.  I make Chris do it for me. 🙂

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28 Responses to Skillet Roasted Spatchcock Chicken with Smoked Amber Ale BBQ Sauce

  1. OMG, I do NOT understand the bread and milk thing either!! Seriously, you could find me picking up tons of sushi, energy drinks, popcorn and beer yesterday. Clearly I have a very balanced diet. 😉 Had I known you were going to be posting this cluckin’ deliciousness I would have picked up some dang chicken!!! This looks amazing, Rach!!! That smoked amber ale bbq sauce smothered on crispy chicken looks and sounds just perfect! And I LOVE that you spatchcocked the bird! High five to that! You think you can hop in your ride and deliver this to me? Just ignore the snow and ice on the road. Mama’s hungry. <3 Pinned!!! Cheers, sweets and STAY WARM! xoxo
    Ps thank you so much for the shout out in the recipe!!

  2. Hehe, I’m in SoCal where snow just doesn’t happen, so I didn’t know that pre-snowstorm bread and milk runs were a thing, but it sounds like your house during a snowstorm is a waaaaay more fun place to be than your neighbors’ houses. 😉 This chicken looks amazing, and I’m totally going to give it a try before winter is over because just YUM!

  3. this looks delicious. Well I will say it’s cold and snowy here, but I’m in Canada and that’s pretty typical, but I will totally agree with you: the sight and smell of bbq makes me long for summer. And yes, for the record, myself or my husband still barbecue in the winter… we just ‘dress for the event’ ha ha ha!

    I love a spatchcocked chicken because it’s just THAT much easier to cook, especially during the week. We will definitely have to try this soon with the bbq sauce!

  4. Hahaha Can you adopt me?? I will love to go grocery shopping with you! I love this chicken and want to take a bath in that sauce! OMG this looks delicious Rach!!

  5. Ha! You’re so funny Rachelle! I live up North where we can get lots of snow, and I find it crazy how many people run to the store like they’ve got no food in their house. I mean, I’ve got enough food in my fridge and freezer to last for months!
    I love this juicy looking chicken. This time of year I like to make foods that remind me of summer too! I’m counting down the days already my friend! I’ve got to try this amber ale BBQ sauce!

  6. Hahaha! Whenever they are calling for a bigger snow storm up here, the same thing happens. No milk. No bread. I mean are people going to just eat a ton of French Toast or something? Anyways, beer + BBQ chicken sounds like the way to go. I hope you enjoyed the recent round of snow down there…by the looks of this chicken and that Smoked Amber Ale, I’d say you had a great time! 🙂

  7. I hate the snow and cold so it’s a good thing I live in NH. Hahahahaha! I always bypass the milk and bread and go straight for the important stuff, like proteins and liquor. Glad we are on the same page 😉 This chicken looks unbelievably delicious and it’s on my short list of recipes to try soon. I always remove the backbone from my chickens too because I can give it to the girls plus helps with keeping all the skin crispy 🙂 #crispyskin4life

  8. I avoid the grocery store at all costs before a snow storm… especially the milk and bread aisles! Though, I did get a craving for mac and cheese during the storm and I didn’t have any milk. I suppose I should have grabbed some milk after all! Anyway, this chicken looks like the best way to get through a storm! Loving that great color on the chicken and that bbq sauce has my mouth watering!

  9. Haha I don’t get the need to stock up on milk and bread, either! I’m the person who stays the farthest away from the grocery stores when bad weather hits. Instead, I’ll take lots of this roasted chicken…looks SO good!

  10. I’ve never heard of spatchcock chicken, but whatever this is, me wants 🙂 We regularly have snow and/or rain around here in the winter and it is usually always cold, so this is perfect! Love that molasses in the sauce. Gimme!! And as for people crowding the grocery stores when there’s weather coming…I hear ya, but I like your thinking about stocking up on beer 😉 I’m coming to your place!

  11. Haha love that you loaded up on beer – so much more fun than milk and bread 😉 And this chicken is just all kinds of amazing!!

  12. That’s very funny. I’m with you on not knowing why peeps stock up on milk and bread. First of all, if it’s a big snow storm, you will probably lose your power and then you have sour milk. I love that you stock up on beer. I stock up on wine and liquor, but that is me! 🙂 This chicken sounds delicious, especially with the ale. Awesome recipe!

  13. Girl, when we heard about the storm coming our way (which we got NOTHING here in South Charlotte), we were sure to join you in your choice of storm purchases. The milk, eggs, and bread thing kills me every time. HT was OUT of bread at our store. But thankfully for us, plenty of adult beverages.
    Love what you did with this ale and sauce. YUM!

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