z grill bbq half chickens


  • 1 (3 to 3-1/2 lb) fresh young chicken

  • Your Favorite Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy Rub

  • As Needed Your Favorite Apricot BBQ Sauce




Place the chicken breast side down, on a cutting board with the neck pointing away from you. Cut along one side of the backbone, staying as close to the bone as possible, from the neck to the tail. Repeat on the other side of the backbone then remove it.


Open the chicken and slice through the white cartilage at the tip of the breastbone to pop it open. Cut down either side of the breast bone then use your fingers to pull it out. Flip the chicken over so it is skin side up and cut down the center splitting the chicken in half. Tuck the wings back on each chicken half.


Season on both sides with Z Grill Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy Rub.


When ready to cook, set the Z Grill temperature to 375℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.


Place chicken directly on the grill grate skin side up and cook until the internal temperature reaches 160°F, about 60-90 minutes.


Brush the BBQ sauce all over the chicken skin and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from grill and let rest 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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