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From http://GrateTV.com Jack and West talk spatchcockin a chicken and using Tea as a rub.
Author: Larsen Markston
Rotisserie chicken from the grocery shop is becoming a delicious last minute meal. It really is delicious, but if you discover how to BBQ a whole chicken on your own rotisserie you will understand how significantly greater it tastes with not significantly additional work than the trip to the grocery. You are going to have to have a grill which has a rotisserie, a whole chicken, butter or olive oil with seasonings, and about 1-1/2 hours of cook time to get a yummy home-cooked chicken.
The initial action is setting up your rotisserie on your grill. You can find rotisseries made for both gas and charcoal grills. Follow your manufacturer’s directions and make guaranteed that it rotates freely and is ready to go. Locate a drip pan with about 1/2 inch of water within the grill to catch excess fat drippings and prevent flare ups and to add moisture to the roasting chicken. Fire up the grill to high and let it to heat up while you prepare the chicken.
Rinse the chicken inside and out with cold water. Get rid of the giblets and excess fat, I prepare those up separately for my kitties to be a special treat. Pat the chicken dry inside and out using a paper towel. It is possible to rub butter and salt inside the cavity or include some garlic or onion if you like for additional flavor. You are likely must truss the chicken if your rotisserie is a spit with out a basket. To truss the chicken you need to tie the legs and wings to each other so they will not flop around in the course of cooking possibly getting burned or throwing the spit off center. The least complicated solution to do this really is with heat-proof butchers twine or non-coated wire.
After the bird is trussed it’s set being spitted on the rotisserie. Slide the spit through the entire body in the chicken and make certain the pronged pieces at either end of the spit are secured to the chicken. These are to enable the chicken to turn using the spit so the chicken cooks evenly on all sides. Place the spit on the grill according to the manufacturer’s directions and you’re prepared to go. Turn off the burner or move away the charcoal directly beneath the chicken so the high temperature is less direct.
Baste the chicken every 20 minutes to 1/2 hour with butter or olive oil mixed with whatever seasonings you like. You would like to let the chicken cook on it’s very own for your most part. Leave it alone and don’t lift the lid of the grill any more than you must letting the heat out. In the event you like to use a glaze being a finishing touch, apply it during the very last 10 to 20 mins of cooking.
The full preparation sounds far more complicated than it really is. After you find out how to BBQ a whole chicken, the set up time is really a snap. The cooking time will depend on the size of the chicken and the heat of the grill. When the chicken is on the rotisserie and cooking, it needs minimal attention and enables the cook to tend to the rest of the meal, the guests, or just set your feet up for any bit and enjoy the cooking smells.
About the Author
I don’t cook in BBQ competitions, but sure do enjoy grilling for my family and trying out new recipes. For more ideas and recipes for Competition BBQ recipes visit BARBECUECOOKBOOK.INFO
BBQ chicken that has been cooked perfectly will taste delicious. Although it seems that with its increased popularity and careless manner of BBQ cooking, many people cannot enjoy this.
When the chicken has been barbecued improperly, it looks still pinkish in the center and burnt on the outside. Not only it will affect the taste but it also becomes unhealthy.
Here is a guide to BBQ chicken in a good way it can be enjoyed.
– Chicken pieces
– Gas grill or charcoal grill
– Brush for the sauce
– Meat thermometer
– Rub or seasonings
– Side dishes
First, select the type of chicken which has to be barbecued. Legs and thighs are preferred by some while others like skinless and boneless chicken breasts. If barbecuing more than one chicken part is desired, then the cooking times would have to be adjusted. White meat like breasts and wings cook faster than dark meat like legs and thighs.
Now, pick the grill which is desired to be used. This will rely on how one wants to cook the barbecue. This will also depend on the neighborhood one is living in plus the lifestyle. If a person is a beginner at grilling, then the gas type is recommended. However, this might not be easy to use during the holidays.
The chicken has to be marinated. This process will allow the flavor to sink in to the chicken making it taste great after it is grilled. A marinate flavor can be selected as preferred. There are variations available from lemon pepper to teriyaki. If the chicken is marinated in the fridge, it has to be made sure that it is not left in there for more than 48 hours. At room temperature, it has to be leaving it for an hour.
When the chicken has been marinated, it can be now rubbed with the seasonings. This will depend on the type of flavor which is needed to be given to the BBQ chicken.
The chicken has to be pre-cooked by pre-baking. The ideal temperature for baking it is 360 degrees in the oven until partially cooked. This will seal in flavors and will ensure that the chicken has been cooked before it goes to the grill. Others do boiling. However, boiling takes away the flavor and makes it taste weak.
Now the grill has to be made ready while the chicken is baking. If a charcoal grill is being used, ignite the coals and they should be left to burn until a white coating of ash appears on the coals. In case of gas grill, it has to be preheated to a medium heat temperature of 360 degrees. The grate also has to be sprayed.
Put the seasoned chicken on the rack and cover it with the grill lid. It should be given at least half an hour to cook. With time, it has to be checked and turned after every five minutes for ensuring that it is evenly cooked. The pieces can also be rotated to balance the cool and hot spots on the grill.
The BBQ has to be glazed again with the seasoning nearly 10 minutes before taking chicken off the grill.
After grilling, the chicken pieces can be checked with a meat thermometer. The bone should be never touched when the thermometer is inserted. The internal temperature of the meat must be 175 degrees.
Finally, the BBQ chicken is ready. It can be served with delicious side dishes like coleslaw, pasta salad, potato salads, baked beans and biscuits.
Preparing BBQ chicken is not a boring work, it is fun and these easy steps will help to make a perfectly barbecued chicken that everyone will love!
Looking to safely cook chicken or turkey, without having it come out dry and flavorless? The USDA says to cook until the juices of the wings and thighs run clear. The only way to do it is use a thermometer (see below), and remember the wings and thighs reach a higher temperature faster than the breast. Here are some simple guidelines for safe internal temperatures that will keep your poultry tasting great! All measurements are Fahrenheit.
- Ground Chicken or Turkey 165 degrees
- Whole Chicken or Turkey 180 degrees (thighs, wings & legs) / 160 – 165 degrees (breast) Note: This should occur at about the same time.
- Chicken or Turkey Breast 170 degrees
- Duck 180 degrees
- Grilled or Roasted Quail 145 degrees
In general, The USDA suggests poultry be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 before serving. This is lowered from a pre-2006 recommendation of 180 for turkey. Many of us have become too dependant on the “factory installed” thermometer that comes in frozen birds these days. These are likely to err on the side of “over cooked.”
It is important to remember that internal temperature will indeed rise a bit while “resting” off the grill.
One universal tip is to watch for the juices to run clear but the best way to really know is by using an accurate instant read thermometer. You may already have an old dial faced version in your gadget drawer. In theory these are just fine and worked for many years; however I almost always find myself questioning the results. We prefer some of the really good digital instant read thermometer now available. In less than ten seconds you’ll really know what temperature you have.
Cooks Illustrated spends a lot of time researching and testing the best of the best and when it comes to thermometers they suggest a model made by Thermapen for about $80 (based on pin-point accuracy and quick respnse time). But there are a few less expensive models.
NOTE: If the thermometer you’re using needs to be “converted” from Fahrenheit to Celsius use this formula: Subtract 32 degrees from the (Fahrenheit) reading, then divide that number by 1.8. The result is the Celsius.
This barbecue sauce recipe didn’t really come close to winning any awards with competition judges. Likely because of the strong kick of heat provided by a dose of chipotle and cayenne. It just crossed the line out of “mainstream” in the heat department. A few judges seemed to love it with high ranks for chicken and ribs and all of our B-B-Q Tricks home samplers were ready to take a bath in the stuff. It’s that good.
The best thing about this “Almost Award Wining Sauce” is that it’s a perfect sweet heat finishing sauce that will caramelize perfectly as the finishing touch to ribs and chicken. Feel free to temper the heat by dropping the cayenne or chipotle.
2 tbs. Vegetable Oil
1 large clove of Garlic (crushed/minced)
1 medium Onion minced
1 Chipotle Pepper (from can) minced
1 tsp. Chili Powder
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 cup Ketchup (we use Heinz)
2 tbs. Dijon Mustard (Grey Poupon)
5 tbs. Dark Molasses
3 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp fresh ground Black Pepper
2 tsp. Hot Pepper Sauce (we use Texas Pete)