Beer can chicken in MES 40 (Q-view)

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by veritas, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. veritas

    veritas Fire Starter

    I made my second run yesterday with my MES 40.  Beer can chicken.  About a 7 to 8 lb bird put mustard and a generic rub on the thing.  Shoved a can of beer up its rear end and put it in my pre heated MES 40 at 275.  Took somewhere around 4 hours to hit 165.  Used my amnps but for some reason I had a real hard time getting it to stay lit.  My previous fatties the thing burned like a charm with hickory pellets although I went through them a little faster than I should have.  This time Cherry pellets same amount of openings for air but had a rough time.  Maybe from the can of beer? Maybe the different pellets?

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    My Daughter Said take a picture of me with the chicken dad!
     
  2. Looks great!! [​IMG]  I bet it tasted AWESOME!!
     
  3. cdldriver

    cdldriver Meat Mopper

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  4. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good looking bird! If there are burn issues with the AMPS, don't hesitate to send Todd a PM and ask a question. He'll do his best to help ya get back on track and get the full benefit of his awesome lil' gadget!

    Keep up the great smokes! [​IMG]
     
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Chicken looks great.  Check with Todd on the configuration with the MES. I also remember the Cherry works better with a second type of pellets mixed in  
     
  6. veritas

    veritas Fire Starter

    Todd has been great.I will have to look around maybe it needed some other wood with it.
     
  7. veritas

    veritas Fire Starter

    My mistake,  I needed to add the mix of pellets for the cherry wood.  Just shows I need to read my instructions at least 4 times over.
     
     
  8. bigfish98

    bigfish98 Smoking Fanatic

    I had the same issue with my cherry pellets.  Mixed it with maple and worked great.  Now they have the pellets that are maple hickory and cherry.  Just smoked a chicken with those and it was great!  no need to mix anything cause the pellets are 1/3 of each wood not just a mix of each kind of pellet. 

    bigfish
     
  9. Good looking bird and what a cute little girl!
     
  10. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

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  11. missed-em

    missed-em Smoke Blower

    Beer can chicken is my wifes favorite, well maybe next to tri-tip.  I always have to do two chickens, one for immediate consumption, one for freezer for those" I don't want to cook days".
     
  12. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Your chicken looks good! I have yet to smoke chicken in my MES40.... just curious, how crispy the skin got. Seen many posts stating the MES does not get hot enough for a crispy skin?
     
  13. veritas

    veritas Fire Starter

    It was plenty crispy by my standards.
     

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