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Rotisserie How To: Two Chickens, One Set of Forks

What is the most common question I get about rotisserie grilling?

“I want to cook two chickens on my rotisserie. Do I need two sets of forks?

You can spit two chickens with one set of forks. Just cram them together and…wait, this would be easier if I showed you.

First, truss the chickens

 

 

Spit the first chicken

Get it tight on the first spit fork.

 

Add the second chicken to the spit

Nose to tail

 

Secure them with the other spit fork

Push the chickens together as hard as you can, then lock down the second spit fork. If the chickens are not tight together, they might work loose and start wobbling around on the spit.

 

Done!

 

Notes

This works with as many chickens as you can fit on your spit. It also works for cornish hens, which are just smaller chickens. I’ve squeezed four cornish hens onto the spit for my Weber kettle, and I would guess I can fit at least six on the longer spit for my Weber Summit.

Two chickens plus one pineapple!

Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken with Spice Rub

What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.


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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.

7 Comments

  1. Every time I want to rotisserie two chickens I always come back to this page. Thanks for this!

  2. Hey Mike, really love your site! I have a Summit 470, and want to rotisserie two chickens on it. I don’t think they’ll fit between the two outside burners (it might with your method of placing two chickens, but it’d be close?) . Is one burner on the side enough? Wouldn’t the IR burner be too much after awhile?

    Thanks for your help!

    • One side burner is not much heat, but if you can get the chicken browned, then it will (eventually) finish low-and-slow with the one burner. Cook with the one side burner and the IR burner as long as you can, then turn off the IR burner and finish the chicken on the lower heat from the one burner. I don’t know how long this will take – you’ll have to check the chicken’s temperature with a thermometer as you go.

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