Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Rotisserie Chicken

Rotisserie Chicken


French King Henri IV promised a chicken in every pot. I prefer my bird in a kettle grill–preferably on the rotisserie amid swirling clouds of cherry smoke.

I call the technique spit-smoking, and it gives you a double bang for the buck: the slow, gentle rotation required for a supernaturally moist chicken and the intense wood flavor you’d get in a smoker. I keep the seasonings simple–three of my favorite rubs are below. It’s all about the bird.


And now, here are those rub recipes I promised:

  • Mediterranean: Combine 2 tablespoons each sea salt, dried rosemary, and dried oregano. Add 2 teaspoons cracked black peppercorns and 1 teaspoon granulated garlic.
  • West Indian: Combine 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, 2 tablespoons sea salt, and 1 teaspoon each onion powder, freshly ground black pepper and garlic powder; 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Scotch bonnet or habanero chili powder; and 1/2 teaspoon each dried thyme, ground allspice, ground nutmeg, and ground cinnamon.
  • Moroccan: Mix 2 tablespoons kosher or sea salt, 1 tablespoon sweet paprika, 1 teaspoon each cracked black pepper, ground coriander, and cumin; and 1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, and garlic powder. Add hot pepper flakes to taste.

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