So how do you cook whole chicken in a barbecue oven? Is it any different than cooking it in a traditional convection oven? Sure is. And we're going to share a few tips with you to make sure your chicken barbecues up just right!
Whole chickens are used a lot in commercial environments to cook for restaurants, company picnics and other large events where they're cooked in much larger ovens that will handle 20 to 40 chickens at one time.
For this article, I'll focus on how to cook whole chicken on a smaller scale, your barbecue oven, one chicken at a time.
- Do not undercook or overcook chicken. It usually takes about 2-1 / 2 to 3 hours to barbecue and must be checked off and on to make sure it is not getting cooked too much, which will burn your chicken, but you do not want it undercooked either.
- Keep your grill at low temperatures, about 230 to 250 degrees. The secret to most great barbecued chicken, one with moist, tender meat and smoky skin is to keep your grill at low temperatures and cook slowly. Do not think that the chicken is not cooking or getting done quick enough. Give it time and you will be happy with it at the end by just taking your time. Be patient and the end results will be very tasty.
- Spice rub before you put chicken on the barbecue. Rubbing the chicken with spice rub is a great idea in the beginning will give it great taste at the end.
- Add sauces at the end. Do not add any sauces until near the end of the barbecue. When the chicken is almost done, start applying the sauce. The sauce only needs about five minutes to cook on the chicken. Remove the chicken with tongs when you start seeing any signs of charring.
To bring this all together and make things work correctly on how to cook whole chicken, it takes patience and close attention to what you are doing in order to have your meal of chicken come out correctly and enjoy it after putting the time into barbecuing chicken. Add any vegetables to the chicken and make it a very healthy meal.