How to Cook the Perfect Rotisserie Chicken on the Grill

How to Cook the Perfect Rotisserie Chicken on the Grill

Nothing beats the taste of a rotisserie chicken. If you’re an aspiring grillmaster who loves trying new recipes, here’s a step by step guide on how to cook the perfect rotisserie chicken on the grill.

Here are a few rules to abide by when rotisserie cooking:

  • Rotisseries normally have a weight capacity of twenty pounds maximum.
  • Any protein where the recipe requires indirect heat can be cooked on a rotisserie bracket, not only chicken!
  • Cooking time and temperatures remain the same whether you’re using a rotisserie or not.
  • Tie your meat with butcher’s twine so it will rotate smoothly and cook evenly.When cooking a chicken, tie down the wings and legs.
  • Always make sure the meat is centred on the spit.

Prepping the Chicken
Use softened, salted butter mixed with chopped parsley, rosemary and thyme. Use about a tablespoon of herbs for half a stick of butter. Wear gloves and loosen the skin so you can spread the mixture under the chicken skin. The butter and herbs will stick to the meat and keep it moist while it cooks. Once that is done, tie up the chicken and spray it with vegetable oil.

Adding your Chicken to the Rotisserie
Whether it came with your grill or you bought it separately, a rotisserie consists of a motor, a spit rod or skewer, two forks and a drip pan. Before lighting the grill, add the spit rod to your grill, plug in the motor and give it a test run to make sure everything is working smoothly.

Remove the fork from the pointed end of the spit rod and slide the chicken on the rod. Secure the chicken with the first fork and slide in the second one. Make sure the forks puncture the meat enough to hold it into place.

If you’re cooking two chickens at the same time, centre them on the rod with one fork on each side.

Cooking Your Chicken
Preheat your grill between 475 °F (246 °C) and 500 °F (260 °C).If you have a back burner, put it on high and open your side burners on low. If you don’t have a back burner, put your side burners on high and leave the middle one turned off. Put the drip pan over the closed middle burner.

Once your grill is at the desired temperature, put in the spit rod and start the motor. Let it make a full rotation, then close the lid. Keep the lid closed as much as possible.

Two chickens usually need about an hour to cook, but don’t rely on time, rely on internal temperature. A chicken is done when its internal temperature reaches 165 °F (74 °C).When checking for doneness, turn the rotisserie motor off and use a digital thermometer. Start checking the temperature after about half an hour, then every fifteen minutes or so.

Once the chicken is cooked, use barbecue mitts to take the spit off the grill. Let the chicken cool for about fifteen minutes before taking the it off the spit rod and cutting the twine.

Perfect Your Skills
Now that you’ve honed your rotisserie skills with this delicious recipe, feel free to try cooking other meats and using different seasonings. For inspiration, check out this Grilling Guide from We Love Fire, which includes recipes for marinades as well as detailed instructions and tips to grill any type of meat and vegetables. With time, you’ll become the grill master you’ve always wanted dreamed of, impressing your friends and family with your amazing rotisserie cooking.

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Unusual Food And Wine Pairings To Try In 2020

Unusual Food And Wine Pairings To Try In 2020

Wine consumption is at an all-time high in Canada, with the average Canadian adult drinking about 20 bottles of wine per year. As younger drinkers are shifting away from beer and drinking more vino, the country’s wine culture is expected to grow even more in the new decade, and new wine trends are likely to appear as well. This year, apart from the rise of organic wine, it is expected that uncommon food and wine pairings will reign supreme and will break classic pairing rules such as red wine with meat, white wine with fish or spicy curries, and the like. Change it up in 2020 and try these unusual food and wine pairings.

Shiraz with chicken 

Traditionally, chicken dishes, especially those that are filling and hearty such as stews and roasts, are paired with a white wine such as a fruity Chardonnay. But try pairing chicken with a rich red wine like Shiraz and you’ll see how a bold red wine can elevate the taste of a familiar chicken dish. An Australian red wine such as a Barossa Shiraz or a Shiraz Cabernet are some of the best wines to pair with chicken. Try having a glass with a traditional chicken stew, roast chicken, fried chicken, or a chicken dish with Asian influences, such as a Korean Dak Dori Tang or a Chinese braised chicken stew with mushrooms.

Rose and Indian food

Most people think that it will take a strong, bold wine to stand up to the flavours of Indian food. As the spices commonly used in Indian cuisine such as cumin, garam masala, turmeric, cardamom, and coriander have such distinct flavours, most people think that red wine is the best choice for pairing with a spicy dish. But the next time you make a Tandoori or a curry, pop open a bottle of rose and see how this delicate wine holds up to the bold flavours of your meal. Pick a dry rose like a Syrah or a Grenache, or anything with a hint of acidity so your wine will perfectly complement your food.

Pinot Grigio and cheese pizza

Everyone knows that pizza goes well with an ice-cold beer or a glass of soda, but if you’re having an impromptu pizza party at home, you may want to try serving a perfectly chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio along with your pizza to make it a sophisticated meal. A crisp white wine will pair nicely with any pie, but the cheesier or simpler it is, the better. Instead of ordering a pie with two dozen toppings, try pairing Pinot Grigio with a plain white cheese or a Margherita pizza, made simply with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and fresh basil.

This year, throw the rulebook out of the window and experiment with different wine and food pairings to elevate your dining experience. Be adventurous and keep track of your favourite pairings– your unusual food and wine combinations could become a hit in 2020.

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