If you've got a whole crowd to feed at a picnic, BBQ, or other party, grilling a whole chicken could be a good option. Barbecue chicken, butterflied chicken, beer can chicken, roast chicken, fried chicken, and rotisserie chicken are always a huge hit, and with a whole chicken you can BBQ chicken without having to worry about buying a big enough pack of chicken breasts. Keep it crispy and pair it with a side of zucchini for the ultimate summer experience. We have a juicy chicken recipe that doesn't require that many ingredients, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser after you cook it on your charcoal grill or gas grill.

Making a Grilled Whole Chicken

The first thing you'll have to do is gather your ingredients. You'll need 1 whole chicken (4 to 4 1/2 pounds), some coarse salt and ground black pepper, 7 Pepper Seasoning blend, and a 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce.

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First, you're going to set up your grill for indirect heat grilling and preheat the grill to a high heat of 400. Then, season your whole chicken with salt, pepper, and the 7 Pepper seasoning blend after being mixed together in a small bowl, both in and out. This takes the place of a marinade that might have otherwise taken a long time to sit and flavor up your chicken. Other whole chicken recipes might include marinades or rubs that include ingredients like olive oil, oregano, paprika, brown sugar, and even mayonnaise, but we think this one is tried and true!

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Next, lightly oil your grill. Then, place chicken, breast side up, on the other side of the grill from the heat. Cover and grill the whole bird until internal temperature on your meat thermometer reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit at the thickest part of the chicken or your chicken is almost cooked through -- this means a cooking time of about 1 1/2 hours, rotating halfway through cook time.

Then brush the grilled whole chicken with BBQ sauce and continue to cook it for about 15 minutes or until the temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit on your regular or instant-read thermometer.

Finally, go ahead and remove the bird from the grill and let the chicken rest for about 20 minutes. Then it should be ready to serve! You should have one of the juiciest birds you've ever cooked ready for your guests, whether they want chicken breasts, drumsticks, or another part of the grilled whole chicken.

On this chicken we decided to stick to just the dry rub so we could test out a few different BBQ sauces we had in the fridge!

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How to Grill a Whole Chicken For A Crowd 

Prep Time: | Cook Time: 1.75 hours

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 whole chicken - (4 to 4 1/2 pounds)
  • Coarse salt and pepper, to taste
  • 7 pepper seasoning - to taste
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

Set up your grill for indirect heat and preheat the grill to 400.

Season your whole chicken with salt, pepper, and the 7 Pepper seasoning blend.

Lightly oil your grill. Place chicken, breast side up, on the other side of the grill from the heat.

Cover and grill the whole bird until internal temperature on a meat thermometer reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit at the thickest part of the chicken or your chicken is almost cooked through. (Rotate halfway through cooking)

Brush the grilled whole chicken with bbq sauce and continue to cook it for about 15 minutes or until the temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove the bird from the grill and let the chicken rest for about 20 minutes.