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Whole BBQ lemon Chicken

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 4 lb Chicken
  • 1 small Onion quartered, skin removed
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil

Instructions
 

  • Remove any giblets from the cavity.
  • Rinse the chicken inside and out. Pat the outside of the chicken with a paper towel.
  • Place quartered onion and half of 1 lemon in the cavity of the chicken.
  • Grate 1 lemon until you have 2 tsp of the rind. This part of the lemon has the most flavor. Squeeze the juice from the 1.5 lemons you have-you should get about 1/4 cup of lemon juice.
  • Stir together the lemon rind, juice and vegetable oil in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Prepare your BBQ for indirect cooking. This means that you are turning half of the burners of your BBQ onto medium. Close the lid and make sure the temp of the inside of the BBQ does not fall below 350 degrees.
  • Grease the grill that does not have the burner on and set the whole chicken on the greased grill. Brush with 1/3 of the mixture you just created. Close the lid and grill for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, lift the grill lid and brush the chicken with half of the remaining mixture. Close the lid and grill for another 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, lift the grill lid and brush the chicken with the remaining mixture. Close the lid and grill for 60 minutes until a thermometer registers 185 degrees F.

Notes

I don't have a thermometer, so, I cook the chicken for 60 minute and place it on a cutting board, and tent it. You will see juices coming out of the chicken and if they are clear, you are good to go. If there is pink or red juices, you need to put the chicken back on the BBQ and check every 15 minutes.
 
This recipe was adapted from Canadian Living, Let's BBQ, Summer 2004.
Keyword BBQ, chicken, lemons