Spatchcocked Game Birds

Brine Recipe

  • 1 gallon  water
  • 1/2 cup  kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons  sugar
  • 3 tablespoons  pickling spice

Stir salt and sugar in the water until cloudiness disappears.
Stir in pickling spice.
Bine small birds, 1 to 2 hours, large birds over night.


  • Place the game bird breast down on a cutting board.
  • Using poultry shears or chef knife, cut down the length of each side of the backbone. Remove backbone.
  • Turn the bird over and make a quick cut in the center of the breast bone.
  • Turn the bird over and using your palm press on the breastbone  firmly. (you will hear it snap)
  • If you with to stableize your bird for grilling, run skewers thru the leg and thigh into the opposite breast. Repeat forming an X.