Tim Turner
Prep Time
20 Mins
Brine Time
6 Hours
Grill Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Serves: 4

If you are fortunate enough to have a rotisserie on your grill, nothing beats a brined whole chicken that turns slowly on a spit and bastes itself while the skin turns golden brown and delicious.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large pot combine the brine ingredients. Stir well to dissolve the sugar and salt.

Step 2

Submerge the chicken in the brine, breast side down, and refrigerate for 6 to 12 hours.

Step 3

Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

Step 4

Remove the chicken from the pot and discard the brine. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Truss the chicken with butcher’s twine.

Step 5

Following the grill’s instructions, secure the chicken in the middle of a rotisserie spit, put the spit in place, and turn on the motor. Place a large disposable foil pan underneath the chicken to catch the drippings. Cook the chicken over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, for 1 hour.

Step 6

If your grill has an infrared burner at the back of the grill, after 1 hour of cooking, light that burner and set it to medium heat (leaving the regular outside burners on medium and the middle burners turned off). If your grill does not have an infrared burner, continue to cook the chicken as you were doing. Either way, cook the chicken until the surface is deep golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 160° to 165°F in the thickest part of the thigh (not touching the bone). This should take 10 to 20 minutes with the infrared burner and 20 to 30 minutes without the infrared burner. Watch carefully that the chicken skin does not burn.

Step 7

When the chicken is fully cooked, turn off the rotisserie motor and remove the spit from the grill. Tilt the chicken upright over the foil pan so that the liquid that has accumulated in the chicken’s cavity pours into the pan. Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes (the internal temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees during this time.) Transfer the chicken from the spit to a cutting board. Cut into serving pieces. Serve warm.

© 2011 Weber-Stephen Products LLC. Recipe from Weber's Time to Grill™ by Jamie Purviance. Used with permission.

Ratings & Reviews

Pete's review

November 22, 2017
i have been cooking turkeys, pork butts, and even brisket on a spinner with an infra red back burner for about 6 years now. I have never felt the need to use the main burners. I set a drip pan on the main burners making for effortless cleanup. I cook slow and low, keeping my grill temp between 200 and 225F. I am now preparing another 21 lb turkey to go on the spit. Get many compliments on the finished product.

WildeKoechin's Review

February 25, 2012
This is not a review since I have not made this chicken yet, but I saved the recipe!! This i a reply to Kitzer!! I would absolutely make this on an electric rotisserie!!! It will come out as good as if you cooked in on the grill. I gave this recipe 5 stars since I know it will be great when I cook it on my rotisserie!!

Jazzy1's Review

December 02, 2011
This turned out delicious. The chicken is very juicy. My husband the beef man loved it. Will definitely make again.

Briantc's Review

May 18, 2011

Kitzer's Review

February 23, 2012
I'll more than likely NEVER get a reply, but can this be done on an indoor electric rotisserie?? If so, the time would be appreciated!

JBU Review

June 05, 2016
Turned out great. Thought I overdid it but I like a little crisp on the skin so it worked out perfect. Chicken was moist and the brine/flavor was just right.