Many people have difficulty in cooking poultry over the grill without burning the outside while the center remains under-cooked. Backyard cooks can solve the problem by installing chicken rotisseries on their gas grill. The device helps to ensure even cooking of the whole bird, all the way to the bone.
Prepare chickens to cook by removing giblet packets from the body cavity and rinsing the bird, inside and out using cold water. Blot the skin dry using paper towels. Butter and salt can then be rubbed inside the cavity to bring out the flavor of the meat once it is cooked. Be sure to truss birds before placing over the heat. Use heatproof twine for tying drumsticks together and to ensure wings are tight against the body.
Prongs are used on the spits in order to secure the bird in place and ensure it turns evenly. Larger families may want a device offering two sets of prongs in order to cook an additional bird to feed the entire family. Be sure one set of prongs is in place before adding the chicken. Center the bird or birds and use additional prongs to ensure they stay in place.
The grill temperature should be adjusted to 325 degrees Fahrenheit . Be sure burners directly under the bird are turned to the off position. Start the rotisserie and close the lid.
Baste the skin every twenty minutes while cooking. Use melted butter, olive oil or another baste with seasoning desired for the finished product. Basting is an important of keeping the meat under the skin moist and delicious.
The size of the bird as well as the amount of time the grill lid is left open will affect the overall cooking time. If possible, keep the lid closed to retain heat. A meat thermometer is the best way to determine if the poultry is done. Cook to an internal temperature of 180 degrees. Apply barbecue sauce (if desired) approximately 20 minutes before the meal is done.
Place the cooked bird on a platter. Allow to rest ten minutes before carving in order for the juices to reabsorb into the flesh. Clean all equipment thoroughly before they are put away.
Grilling is a favorite way to ensure the kitchen and rest of the home remain cool during summer months. Chicken rotisseries allow cooks to grill poultry to perfection. Skin remains crispy on the outside while the meat remains tender and moist.