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Rotisserie Chicken with Tex-Mex Rub

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Rotisserie Chicken with Tex-Mex Rub recipe. A jumbo roasting chicken with a southwestern spice rub, spun on the rotisserie until browned and delicious.


  • 6-pound roasting chicken

Tex-Mex Rub

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt (or 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt)
  • 1 tablespoon Ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle chile powder (optional)


  1. Rub the chicken: Mix the Tex-Mex Rub ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle the chicken with the rub, inside and out, patting it onto the chicken to help it stick. Gently work your fingers under the skin on the breast, then rub some of the spices directly onto the breast meat. Fold the wingtips under the wings and truss the chicken. Skewer the chicken on the rotisserie spit, securing it with the spit forks. Let the chicken rest at room temperature until it is time to grill.
  2. Set up the grill for indirect medium heat (350°F): Set the grill up for indirect medium heat with the drip pan in the middle of the grill. On my Weber Summit, I preheat the grill with all burners on high, then turn off all but the outer burners, leaving them on high. Then I light the infrared rotisserie burner, and put the drip pan in the center of the grill, over the unlit burners.
  3. Rotisserie grill the chicken: Put the spit on the grill, start the motor spinning, and make sure the drip pan is centered beneath the chicken. Close the lid and cook with the lid closed as much as possible. I check the chicken after 30 minutes, and if it is browning well, I turn off the infrared rotisserie burner. Let the chicken cook until it reaches 160°F in the thickest part of the breast, about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  4. Serve: Remove the chicken from the rotisserie spit and remove the twine trussing the chicken. Be careful - the spit and forks are blazing hot. Let the chicken rest for 15 minutes, then carve and serve.


Need trussing and spitting instructions? They're in my: How To Rotisserie Two Chickens video.

If you’re planning ahead, use the rub as a dry brine. The night before cooking, rub the chicken, put it in a baking dish, and let it rest in the refrigerator. One hour before cooking, remove it from the refrigerator to let it warm up a bit, then continue with trussing.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Category: Rotisserie
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex