There are many ways to prepare chicken on the BBQ, but rotisserie chicken is one of my favorites. It not only looks great, it also tastes very good! This great taste is created by grilling the chicken above direct heat and because of the fact that the chicken is basting itself with its own fat when using the rotisserie. There are various rotisseries available for the BBQ and which one you need depends on the type of BBQ you have. I use one for my Kamado, but there are also options for kettle BBQs to get started with a rotisserie and grill this delicious rotisserie chicken. I absolutely recommend it!
- 1 Organic Chicken (about 1 kilo)
- 6 tablespoons BBQ Rub for Chicken (choose your favorite)
- 3 tablespoons Butter
- 4 tablespoons BBQ Sauce
- BBQ with Lid
- Rotisserie for the BBQ
- Basting Brush
- Core Thermometer
- Smoking Wood (optional)
- For this recipe, we will start by preparing the chicken. Take it out of the refrigerator and make sure your butter is already at room temperature. Grab a bowl and mix the butter with half of the BBQ rub.
- Place the chicken on your work surface. It is important to create space between the meat and the skin of the chicken. Do this by gently pushing your fingers under the skin on an open side and loosening it a little bit further. It will not work for all the skin, but try to loosen it as much as possible. Make sure that the skin does not tear.
- Has the skin been sufficiently detached from the chicken? Then divide the butter with rub under the skin of the chicken. After that take the other half of the rub and use it to rub the outside of the chicken. Now set aside for a while, until it is time to cook the chicken.
- Fire up the BBQ and prepare it for direct heat and a temperature of about 150 degrees Celsius (302 Fahrenheit). Is the BBQ at the right temperature? Then it is time to prepare the BBQ for the use of your rotisserie.
- Slide the chicken on the spit. Secure it with the clamps and place the spit on the BBQ. Turn on the rotisserie, add some smoking wood if you want to and close the BBQ with the lid, so that the chicken can cook slowly. This takes about 75 minutes, but occasionally measure the core temperature of the chicken to determine the doneness.
- First cook the chicken to a core temperature of 65 degrees Celsius (149 Fahrenheit). Has this temperature been reached? Then brush the chicken all around with BBQ sauce.
- Close the BBQ again with the lid and cook the chicken until a core temperature of 72 degrees Celsius (162 Fahrenheit). Has that temperature been reached? Then the spit with the chicken can be taken off the BBQ. Remove the spit and let the chicken rest for another 10 minutes. Then slice the chicken, or serve the chicken whole at the table and let everyone grab their favorite part. Enjoy your meal!