Grilled Heritage Chicken

Yes, a small (2-4lbs) Heritage chicken can be grilled–just roast or pressure-cook the bird beforehand, then finish on the grill with your favorite spices or BBQ rub.

Pre Roasted:

  • Brine whole chicken overnight in a simple brine of ⅛ cup salt ⅛ cup sugar per gallon
  • Butterfly or split in half
  • Cover with herbs and spices or bbq rub
  • Roast in a covered pan at 275-325F until meat is tender, about 30 minutes per pound.
  • Remove from pan and finish on grill basting with olive oil or shmaltz and/or bbq sauce.

Pressure Cooker:

  • Butterfly a whole chicken or split in half
  • Pressure cook 1 inch of water with chicken sitting above water on canning plate at 15lbs for 3+ minutes
    • 3lbs or less – 3 minutes
    • 3.5lbs – 4 minutes
    • 4lbs – 5 minutes
    • +½ lbs = +1 minute
  • Remove from pan and pat chicken dry and let it cool down for a few minutes
  • Finish on grill basting with olive oil and BBQ sauce.
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