For some reason I wanted roasted chicken that I prepared and cooked. But electricity cost in this country I’m in at the moment would make you think twice about using the oven for hours. And I’m cowboy this way. I have always wanted to try these kinds of things myself.
(Juicy and oh-so delicious chicken!)
I have observed how the local roasting shops’ machines operate, I think it’s very simple in fact. There’s just charcoal and the thing that rotates the chickens around so it all cooks evenly. Ohh I like lechon manok (roasted chicken) of Beski’s (?) but they have closed. (This scares me, a good business with yummy products and a very loyal market has closed..) So I decided to roast my own chicken and do it camping style.
No flash. I wanted to show the live coals which is not evident with the pictures with flash.
How cool is this? Actually it was hot!
I still read about roasting chickens though and watched Youtube for some valuable tips. I came across a nice and big griller which is understandably expensive (for me at least who can survive without it) which is the Weber Charcoal Grill and the idea of rotisserieng a chicken in a big half dome like thing will give the chicken a perfect roast and great smoky flavor.
We have two rotisserie sticks we haven’t used ever because we have two ovens, and I had no idea where it was. Looked for it and found one. So the plan was to do it camping style. Charcoals on the ground and I’d look for something to elevate the steel (where the rotisserie stick would rotate in) a feet high from the coals. I had no idea how that would turn out.
So I have marinated the chicken in my favorite barbeque marinade and I even used bruised lemongrass to give it irresistible aroma. Because I needed something to catch the drippings of the chicken I looked for the drip tray but I found this gigantic pot and I remembered what I saw in Youtube (picture above), a light bulb of idea lighten up. I tried to fit the steel in the pot and it fit perfectly!
I tried to fire up the coals and it was challenge since there was no hole on the bottom of the pot for the oxygen to get to the coals. Ibyang was getting serious arm workout in trying to keep the coals alive. Mommy being good at these kinds of things thought of using our teeny tiny computer fan which was perfect we later learned. So the task is just to rotate the chicken slowly so it cooks evenly.
Back part. Crispy skin.
It was hot!!! We were sweating buckets but the excitement was just overwhelming for me. It took us one hour and a half to thoroughly cook the chicken. Since we were in the garage and waiting for the chicken to cook, I then used my mobile phone to call Bee as inside the house you definitely need a wireless cell booster to be able to make a call.
So yummy! And this is another successful experiment I would treasure. I better sell our turbo broiler as this made wayyyy better chicken than that energy sucker.
P.S. Better to inject your chicken with the marinade for the taste to reach the thickest part. And if you prefer fried chicken, here is my Max’s Style Fried Chicken recipe, this my tried and tested recipe. I have made it a lot of times like when we had a small celebration at home. Yummy eating!