smoke roasted chicken with herb butter
8 Tablespoon butter, room temperature
1 Scallions, minced
1 Clove garlic, minced
2 Tablespoon Fresh Herbs (Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, Sage or Parsley, Minced)
1 1/2 Tablespoon Your Favorite Chicken Rub
1/2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 (4 to 4-1/2 lb) chicken
To Taste Your Favorite Chicken Rub
In a small bowl, combine butter, scallions, garlic, minced fresh herbs, Z Grill Chicken Rub and lemon juice. Blend well with a wooden spoon.
Remove any giblets from the cavity of the chicken. Wash the chicken inside and out with cold running water. Dry thoroughly with paper towels.
Sprinkle a generous amount of Z Grill Chicken Rub into the cavity of the chicken.
Gently loosen the skin around the chicken breast and slide in a few tablespoons of the herb butter and cover evenly. Smear the outside of the chicken with the remaining herb butter.
Tuck the chicken wings behind the back. Tie the legs together with butcher’s twine.
Sprinkle the outside of the chicken with more Z Grill Chicken Rub and insert sprigs of fresh herbs into the cavity of the chicken if desired.
When ready to cook, set Z Grill temperature to 400℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
When grill is hot, place chicken directly on the grill grate, breast side up. Cook for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165℉. If the chicken is browning too quickly, loosely cover the breast and legs with foil and continue to cook.
Remove from the grill and let rest 15 minutes at room temperature before carving. Serve. Enjoy!