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Chickens are juicier when barbecued whole instead of cut up.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2003


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  • Rinse the chickens inside and out under cold water, and pat dry. Truss legs with kitchen twine, and set aside.

  • Heat a charcoal or gas grill. If using a charcoal grill, arrange hot coals around inside edge of grill. Arrange chickens, breast sides up, in a row across the center. If using a gas grill, cook chickens over medium heat. Cook until brown on all sides, rotating every 5 to 7 minutes; cover grill as needed to maintain heat.

  • Baste chickens with barbecue sauce. Continue cooking, basting frequently, until an instant-read thermometer registers 170 degrees in breast and 180 degrees in thickest part of the thigh (avoiding bone), about 1 hour. If chickens brown too quickly before they are cooked through, transfer to baking pans and finish in a 350 degree oven.