Ever wonder about the best way to grill a chicken with your Weber Genesis rotisserie? It’s something that I have been thinking about for a while.
The question that had been occupying my thoughts was, “Is it better to use two burners or one?” Seemed like a good enough reason to head outside to play.
If you are cooking on a new Weber Genesis then how many burners to use really isn’t an issue. The burners on the new Genesis grills run “back to front”. Get your rotisserie ready to go and turn the outer two burners to medium.
If you are cooking an older Genesis like I am then your burners are running “left to right”. Now you have to decide; do you use a single burner (front OR back) or do you use two burners (front AND back).
Regardless of which Genesis you have you should not be using any burner that is directly under the rotisserie. Let’s stick with indirect heat and life will be much nicer.
I decided to cook two rotisserie chickens on my Weber Genesis 1000 back to back using different burner configurations to see which way was better. I prepped both birds the same; injected with Creole butter marinade and rubbed with seasoned salt and black pepper.
Here is how the chicken started out after being trussed and skewered.
I grilled the first chicken with both the front and back burners on the Genesis set at Medium. I have not had good luck with both burners set to High; the skin gets more burnt than crisped. I let the bird spin for 90 minutes; she looked gorgeous! Internal temperature = 167F.
For the next chicken I turned the front burner off and turned the back burner up to High. This was a much slower cook! It took two and a half hours for this chicken to hit 170F. The end result was another incredible looking chicken.
The skin on the Two-Burner chicken wasn’t as pretty as the One-Burner chicken but it was crisper. In the end both techniques are awesome but I will stick with the Two-Burner method just to save time. I tried to take pictures of the chickens in the same light, etc for comparison. The chicken that still is trussed in twine is the one grilled with a single burner.