How to Barbecue a Whole Chicken on a Weber Grill

How to Barbecue a Whole Chicken on a Weber Grill
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When I am barbecuing, it’s almost a magical experience. Just to see the transformation of whatever you are cooking from beginning to end is a wondrous sight to behold.

I don’t even own a gas grill anymore as I recently brought the old one that I owned to my local recycling center. It doesn’t mean that I won’t get another one in the future because they have their merits.

But, for the time being, cooking with charcoal brings me so much joy and there are so many different ways of cooking with charcoal. If you are interested in how to barbecue a whole chicken this article will give you the steps to do so.

Just the other day, my wife and I barbecued a whole chicken using indirect heating in my Weber One Touch Silver 18 ½” grill (you can read more about this grill in this article). The chicken was about 4.2 pounds so it wasn’t huge, but it wasn’t small either.

I think next time we’ll get at least a 6 pounder so that we will be ensured a lot of leftovers for sandwiches. In this article I’d like to detail the steps and techniques that we utilized to produce the most succulent and best looking barbecued chicken we have ever eaten.

We simply added salt and pepper onto the chicken as a rub and let it sit for a few hours. At the same time, we made not only a mop sauce that you will see added to the chicken in the images that follow but also a barbecue sauce which is added at the very end of the cooking process.

Ingredients for Mop Sauce and Barbecue Sauce

Mop Sauce
Equal parts oil, apple cider vinegar,
apple juice, and Worcestershire sauce
Your favorite bourbon (to your liking)
Juice of 1 Lemon
Texas Pete’s Hot Sauce (to your liking)
Salt and Pepper
BBQ Sauce
3 cloves of garlic
2 tsp butter
1 cup ketchup
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup Texas Pete’s hot sauce
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs mustard
½ tsp salt

You will see where the above ingredients come into play by following the steps seen in the images below.

How to Barbecue a Whole Chicken on a Weber Grill

(Click on any of the images below for a larger view)

Chicken after rubbing with salt and pepper
Chicken after rubbing with salt and pepper

Adding soaked wood chips to the hot charcoal
Adding soaked wood chips to the hot charcoal
Note charcoal on one side of grill for indirect grilling

Chicken placed on grill on opposite side of charcoal
Chicken placed on grill on opposite side of charcoal

Removed grill top after 30 minutes to check chicken
Removed grill top after 30 minutes to check chicken
Firing up the Weber Chimney Starter
Firing up the Weber Chimney Starter

Wiping grill grate with an oiled paper towel
Wiping hot grill grate with an oiled paper towel
This prevents any sticking of bird on grill grate

Mop Sauce in Bucket
Mop Sauce in Bucket

Rotated bird 180 degrees and added mop sauce
Rotated bird 180 degrees and added mop sauce
This is after one hour and added more mop sauce
This is after one hour and added more mop sauce

Applied more mop sauce
Applied more mop sauce
A mop sauce adds flavor and keeps bird moist

Flipped bird over and applied BBQ sauce to other side
Flipped bird over and applied BBQ sauce to other side
Cover the bird and let it rest for 15 minutes to 1/2 hour
Cover the bird and let it rest for 15 minutes to 1/2 hour
After 1 hour, 15 minutes turned bird 90 degrees
After 1 hour, 15 minutes turned bird 90 degrees

At 2 hours moved bird over charcoal and applied barbecue sauce
At 2 hours moved bird over charcoal and applied barbecue sauce

Whole chicken is done at 2 hours and 10 minutes
Whole chicken is done at 2 hours and 10 minutes
Carving the beautiful bird!
Carving the beautiful bird and ready to chow!

Please remember that even that you didn't see the Weber grill covered in any of the images, the cover is ALWAYS on while the whole chicken is cooking. This indirect method of barbecuing a whole chicken worked perfectly for us.

One thing that I forgot to add was a drip pan which should've been placed directly below the chicken just to catch any drippings from the bird and the mop sauce. My Weber grill does have an ash pan so the drippings just went into the pan so that worked well for me. I hope you will use this article to learn how to barbecue a whole chicken for yourself!

If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments or use my Contact Me page.

6 thoughts on “How to Barbecue a Whole Chicken on a Weber Grill”

    • Hi Daniel,

      I leave the vents on top and on the bottom open about 1/2 way. Halfway is a good way to go for chicken as you want them to cook steadily. Since I wrote this article I have adjusted my method slightly. Every 20 minutes or so I move the bird clockwise 90 degrees so after 1 hour and 20 minutes it is usually pretty much done. It certainly depends on the size of your chicken though. Just test the legs after the 1 hour and 20 minutes for done-ness by breaking them slightly to see the meat inside. Enjoy your chicken!

      Thanks,
      Bob

      Reply
    • If you are talking about the rotisserie attachment, at that point it wouldn’t be indirect as the charcoal would be directly below the chicken. I guess you could still cook it in an indirect technique but since I don’t have the attachment for the Weber I have never done it. You should experiment!

      Reply
    • Hi Howard,
      Ya know, I never measured the internal temperature of the Weber Grill but I can the next time I cook one of these chickens. It is my guess it is around 300 – 350. I just keep the top on the Weber Grill and make sure the chicken is on the other side of where the coals are located so the grill acts like an oven. What I’ve started to do recently is spin the bird 90 degrees, 4 times for the full cook. I just spin it clockwise 90 degrees every 20 minutes and just check the doneness by pulling back one of the legs at the very end. If I have to leave it on an additional 5-10 minutes I do. But 1 hour 20 minutes for a 5-6 lb chicken is pretty much perfect every time. 🙂

      Thanks for your question and I hope you sign up for my mailing list and subscribe to my youTube channel.

      Best,
      Bob

      Reply

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