Roast Chicken on the Weber: The Disastrous Sequel

17 Nov

The experiment with roasting a chicken on the Weber was so successful the first time that we decided to do it again a week later. We were so confident that we didn’t look over the instructions again, and went with memories. Which was a bad idea because:

  1. We initially forgot to put the trivet on
  2. We forgot to put a layer of foil over the grate to diffuse the heat

Which resulted in this.

In that skinless patch you can see grill marks where I plonked the chicken down directly on the grate, only to realise that we’d forgotten the trivet. James rushed inside to grab it while I cradled the chicken in my arms, making soothing sounds.

Which was all for nothing, since it ended up a blackened carbony mess. Actually, aside from the layer of crispy burnination, the rest of the chicken was alright. It was less tender than the first chicken, even though it was cooked for less time (1 hour versus 1.5 hours). We started out intending to cook it for the whole time, but when we checked on it at the 1 hour mark it was significantly darker than it was the first time round, and I think that was the point I realised that we’d forgotten the foil.

In all fairness to James, he did sense that something was awry. At the start he noticed that smoke was billowing out from the barbecue, but we thought maybe the heat was too high. Actually that was something else we forgot – the first time we had the heat a few notches from the highest setting and this time we remembered about 10 minutes later when James commented on the extra smoke. In hindsight, the only step we remembered correctly was that it involved a chicken.

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2 Responses to “Roast Chicken on the Weber: The Disastrous Sequel”

  1. Robin Jellis December 23, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    Oh no! We’re trying out our new Weber Q for Christmas lunch tomorrow. Your burnt chicken is freaking me out. Better make sure we don’t get into the bubbly too early. Merry Christmas from Robin ( down under in Australia)

    • pamperedhousewife December 25, 2014 at 1:56 am #

      Haha good luck! Merry Christmas (from temporarily down under too!)

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