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Smoked Chicken with White Sauce on the Gravity 980

Prep Time: 20 Min | Cook Time: 1.5 Hrs


  • 1
    1 Whole Chicken
  • 2
    2 Tbsp SPG blend
  • 3
    1 Cup of White BBQ sauce

Char-Griller Ambassador Steve Dotson of Cookout Coach has been working the Gravity 980 hard! This easy and delicious Smoked Chicken with Alabama White Sauce is a great way to test out your BBQ skills and get the Gravity dialed in. 

Hey Everyone, today we are going to do a summertime barbecue classic, smoked whole spatchcocked chicken with an Alabama White sauce. Like everything, barbecue is all about balance, and while I love sweet barbecue, I also love a tangy, savory meal too.

Enter savory chicken and white bbq sauce; does it get much better. For those of you that don't know, white sauce is a style of bbq sauce that is made up primarily of mayo and vinegar with some sugar and spices to round it out and goes great on about anything.

You can buy already bottled white sauce or make your own as its a simple recipe, and today I kind of went in the middle of those two routes and took an existing vinegar sauce and added mayo to it to make a fantastic blend. While the white sauce is the star of the show in today's recipe, the staple of a fantastic smoked chicken is also needed to make this one work.

Today we're going to spatchcock our chicken which basically means we're going to remove the backbone and flatten it out for some more even and slightly quicker cooking. We're going to keep this simple and just hit it with your favorite salt pepper and garlic blend all over; that plus our lump charcoal and cherry smoke today coming out of the Char-Griller Gravity 980 cooker is all the seasoning this bird is going to need. The recipe and instructions are down below; if you've never done this before, definitely give it a try and tell me what you think.


  1. Light the Gravity 980 and let it come up to 350 degrees.
  2. Spatchcock the chicken by removing the backbone and flattening the bird.
  3. Season the chicken with 2 TBSP of SPG on the front and back.
  4. Add one chunk of cherry to your smoker.
  5. Place the chicken on the smoker until the breast reaches 165 degrees internal temperature ( roughly 1.5 hours)
  6. Remove the chicken from the smoker and pour white sauce over the top of it.
  7. Cut into pieces or pull the chicken and serve.

Author: CookOut Coach
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