The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken

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The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken

Now that it’s summer and the grill is ready to be used, one of my favorite things to make is rotisserie chicken. It actually is really easy and tastes great (once you learn the trick to not burning it!)

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Brining time: 3 – 4 hours

Grilling time: 1½ hours

Total time: 4½ – 5½ hours

What You Need

Ingredients

4 pound whole chicken

Brine:

¾ cup salt
¾ cup sugar
2 lemons
5 or 6 springs of fresh thyme, or 1 Tablespoon of dried thyme

Grilling Seasoning:

1 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 cloves of garlic, minced
5 or 6 sprigs of fresh thyme, or 1 Tablespoon of dried thyme

Pots and Utensils

Large pot with a lid
Grill with a rotisserie*

How To Put It Together

To Brine

Mix the brine in a large pot making sure salt and sugar are dissolved | The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken
Mix the brine in a large pot making sure salt and sugar are dissolved

1. Add salt and sugar to the large pot.

2. Juice the lemons into the pot and throw in the lemons.

3. Add 1 gallon of water to the pot.

4. Stir to dissolve the salt and sugar

Submerge the chicken breast side up | The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken
Submerge the chicken breast side up

5. Add the chicken with the breast side down (that’s the side with the wings on it).

6. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.

Prep The Grill

Remove the grill grates | The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken
Remove the grill grates

1. Remove the grilling racks from the area where the chicken will be cooking.  This may not be absolutely necessary depending on your grill, but on my grill, the chicken sometimes hits the grates, depending on how big it is.

Figure out where the end of the chicken will go on the spit, so that there is a burner that isn't directly under the chicken | The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken
Figure out where the end of the chicken will go on the spit, so that there is a burner that isn’t directly under the chicken

2. Figure out where the chicken should go on the rotisserie spit.  You want to be able to cook it over a burner that is turned off with another burner turned off.  This is the secret to making rotisserie chicken without burning the outside.

Add the first rotisserie fork | The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken
Add the first rotisserie fork

3. Position the first fork at the location where the end of the chicken will go.

To Cook

1. To get the grill warmed up, turn at least 2 of the burners to high and close the lid.

2. Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse with cold water to remove any extra salt from the outside.

3. Pat the chicken dry.

4. Sprinkle the pepper outside and inside the chicken.  Note:  Do not add salt…the salt from the brine will have already done this for you.

5. Put the thyme and garlic in the cavity of the chicken.

Lay the chicken down breast side up | The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken
Lay the chicken down breast side up

6. Lay the chicken down with the breast side up (wings down).

Tuck the wings under | The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken
Tuck the wings under

7. Tuck the wings behind the back of the chicken.

Push the rotisserie fork onto the back end of the chicken (the end with the wings) | The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken
Push the rotisserie fork onto the back end of the chicken (the end with the wings)

6. Run the rotisserie spit through the back of the chicken (the end with the wings) so that it fits tightly within the fork tines.

Add the second rotisserie fork and push it in as far as you can. Use pliers to tighten the screw | The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken
Add the second rotisserie fork and push it in as far as you can. Use pliers to tighten the screw

7. Add the second fork to the front of the chicken.  Push it in as much as you can.  Make sure that the ends of the drumsticks are caught inside the fork tines.  Tighten the screws on the forks as tight as you can (I usually use a pair of needle nose pliers).  Note:  You can also tie the drumsticks around the spit, but since I never seem to have string available, this is the method that I use.

Make sure the chicken is over one of the burners | The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken
Make sure the chicken is over one of the burners

8. Stick the free end of the rotisserie spit into the rotisserie motor on the grill.

9. Turn off the burner that the chicken is over.  This is very important to prevent it from burning!  The other side should still be on high.

10. Click the button on the side of the motor to start the rotisserie turning motion.

11. Close the lid on the grill.

12. After about 20 minutes, check to make sure that the skin is not burning.  If it is turn the lit burner down to medium heat.

Perfect rotisserie chicken | The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken
Perfect rotisserie chicken

13. Cook for 1½ – 2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 165° F.

Let the chicken sit for 10 minutes before serving | The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken
Let the chicken sit for 10 minutes before serving

14. Remove the chicken from the grill and let it sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

Rotisserie Chicken | The Secret To Grilling Perfect Rotisserie Chicken
Rotisserie Chicken

Carve and serve your perfect rotisserie chicken!

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