Charcoal Grill-Roasted Whole Chicken

Published July 1, 2000. From Cook's Illustrated.

Why this recipe works:

Our ideal grill-roasted chicken would have a deeply smoky flavor, crisp mahogany skin, and tender, juicy meat. To achieve that ideal, we brined the chicken and coated it with a flavorful spice rub. We then cooked the chicken in the middle of the grill, where it wouldn’t burn but would receive… read more

Our ideal grill-roasted chicken would have a deeply smoky flavor, crisp mahogany skin, and tender, juicy meat. To achieve that ideal, we brined the chicken and coated it with a flavorful spice rub. We then cooked the chicken in the middle of the grill, where it wouldn’t burn but would receive ample heat. Adding soaked wood chunks gave our chicken maximum smoky flavor.

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Serves 4

If you choose not to brine, skip that part of step 1 and season the bird generously with salt inside and out before rubbing with spices. Or, better yet, use a kosher chicken (which is salted during processing). For added accuracy, place a grill thermometer in the lid vents as the chicken cooks. The temperature inside the grill should be about 375 degrees at the outset and will fall to about 300 by the time the chicken is done.

Ingredients

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