beer butt chicken.. what beer?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by cromag, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. cromag

    cromag Smoking Fanatic

    I don't drink beer but I'd like to do a few beer butt chickens and what to know which beer you all use. Tall cans or 12 oz cans?
  2. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    12 ouncers will work. You don't need to use beet, you can use any liquid. Some folks use other liquids - apple juice, soda, rubs, aromatics... have fun!
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    You done even have to use beer at all. You can use some spices in a liquid of your chosing. I have seen a rack that takes the place of the beer can. Now I'm sure that some one will come bye here and show you some differant spice mixtures to use. I personally have never done one but I like my chickens whole and smoked.
  4. cromag

    cromag Smoking Fanatic

    I have four whole birds and some ribs I'm smoking for friends this weekend and I may do two birds with a coke can and the other two with beer cans so people can have a choice, so which beer brand do people use?
  5. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have used both diet coke and diet dr pepper and had good results. The beer can coke can can be a challenge sometimes if you don't have a good holder.
  6. ballagh

    ballagh Smoking Fanatic

    Lowes has a really nice beer can chicken rack on sale for like $3 right now.  I picked a few up last week.
  7.  We often use Dr. Pepper. I use a can opener to remove the entire top of the can. I start with the can half full of Dr. Pepper. I then drop in some crushed garlic, a bit of onion powder, black pepper, and a bit of whatever rub or poultry seasoning I am using that day.

     The Lowes beer can chicken racks work very well.  Below is a pic of the lowes racks in use.

  8. cricky101

    cricky101 Smoke Blower

    I love those racks - they make it really easy to get the bird balanced on the racks.

    I spent last week at a resort with my family and we had a really old, wobbly kettle grill outside of our cabin I used to make two beer butt chickens. The holders worked awesome even though I thought the grill was going to fall apart every time I opened the lid to add more wood. I think I would have tipped-over chickens without the holders.
  9. Nuttin beats a good ole can of Budweiser, Gotta love the Red White and Blue colors.
  10. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Any should work, and add some spices and goodies to the beer, especially spices like thyme Basil and rosemary or poultry seasoning
  11. i use hamms, lol
  12. new2que

    new2que Meat Mopper

    I use 12oz coors light, but thats just what we prefer to drink.  My guess is that folks will just recommend whatever it is they like to drink... so I'd recommend Coors light!

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