whole 3 lb (1.5 kg) chickens with backbone removed
1 1/2 cups
Original Barbecue Sauce
Preheat grill to high. Season chickens on both sides with salt and pepper. Place on the grill, bone side down. Turn heat down to medium-low and close the lid. If your grill has a thermometer, it should drop to 350°F (180°C); if it drops below that, adjust the temperature.
Cook chickens for 15 min. before turning skin side down. After another 15 min., turn chickens skin side up again and cook 15 min. longer, for a total cooking time of 45 min. This will promote even cooking without burning or drying out the meat.
Brush a generous layer of sauce on chicken skin and turn skin side down again for 10 min. Repeat on bone side and cook until an instant-read thermometer registers 185°F (85°C) at the thickest part of a breast or thigh. Remove chickens from grill and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.
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