If you own a gas grill and a BBQ rotisserie, and you have a little bit of time on your hands, then it's well worth making rotisserie chicken from scratch. There are many advantages to making your own BBQ rotisserie chicken, as opposed to buying one from the store, including:
- You can explore different flavors using marinades and rubs.
- You can add a smoke pack to the grill to intensify the flavor.
- Homemade BBQ rotisserie chicken will be fresher than a store-bought.
- Watching the chicken cook on the BBQ rotisserie is extremely satisfying and helps build a great appetite—the aromas are simply heavenly!
- 1 whole chicken (minimum 3 pounds)
- Marinade or rub
The type of marinade or rub that you use for your rotisserie chicken really depends on your own preference and what kind of flavour you want to achieve.
There are many different types of marinades and rubs available to try, including chipotle, BBQ flavor, spicy jerk or classic chicken seasoning, to name a few. Spicing up your rotisserie chicken with a new and interesting flavor will really give it an exciting edge over a standard store-bought one.
In my example, I used a spicy Jamaican jerk marinade because I wanted to create a Caribbean-style menu, with side dishes of rice and beans, fried plantain and grilled pineapple slices.
I simply put my whole chicken in a bowl, poured over about 1/3 of the bottle of marinade, covered with cling wrap, and then refrigerated for several hours.
If possible, try to marinate your chicken overnight, but if you don't have that much time then aim for a minimum of two to three hours.
- Gas barbecue
- BBQ rotisserie
- Medium-sized aluminium foil pan
- Mesquite wood chips
- Aluminum foil
While the whole chicken is finishing marinading in the fridge, it's time to set up your equipment.
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If you want to add some smoke into your rotisserie chicken, then you will need to prepare a couple of smoke packs, using aluminum foil and wood chips. I used mesquite wood chips for my Spicy Jerk rotisserie chicken featured here.
Read my article, "The Best BBQ Ribs," for quick and easy instructions on how to prepare your smoke packs.
If using smoke packs then lay one of them on the left-hand side of your grill, which will be your direct heat side.
On the right side of your grill, which will be your indirect heat side, arrange a foil pan half-filled with water. The water will turn into steam during cooking which will help to keep the rotisserie chicken moist and tender. The foil pan is also important because it will catch the grease and prevent any flare-ups.
Turn the left burner to high, and keep the right burner switched off. Preheat the grill to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes.
Assemble Chicken on BBQ Rotisserie
- Slide the prongs of the BBQ rotisserie into each end of the chicken so that it is aligned with the setup of your grill, for indirect heat.
- Then, simply lift the barbecue lid, mount the BBQ rotisserie onto your grill, and do a quick check to make sure that it is perfectly aligned, and that there is enough room for the chicken to turn freely.
- Then, switch on the BBQ rotisserie and your chicken should begin to turn happily on the spit.
- Close the lid and maintain a temperature of 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit for the duration of the cooking time. Halfway through the cooking time, put on a new smoke pack if required.
- A 3-pound bird will probably require a minimum of 1 hour and 20 minutes cooking time in total. You can always adjust this time if you are grilling a larger chicken. Check the progress of the chicken's doneness by pausing the rotisserie and inserting a thermometer into the thickest part of the breast.
- When the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the BBQ rotisserie from the grille and transfer it to a temperature resistant surface. Do not attempt to remove the metal prongs right away because the BBQ rotisserie will be extremely hot!
- Tent with foil for at least 20 minutes, and then use oven mitts to remove the metal prongs.
- Now you are ready to serve your delicious homemade BBQ rotisserie chicken! It should be so tender and juicy that the meat will simply fall off the bone. Enjoy!
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