Beer can chickens

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by scarps23, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. scarps23

    scarps23 Meat Mopper

    Brined 2 5 pound birds over Friday night. Mainly salt, sugar and mix of random seasonings thrown together.

    Drained out of brine Saturday night. Added mortons seasoned salt lightly and then added beer can chicken seasoning. Covered in fridge overnight.

    Cooking target between 275-300. 289 right now. Love this weber smoker. Beer of choice is the high priced Busch light. Haha.

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  2. scarps23

    scarps23 Meat Mopper

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  3. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice color on the birds!
     
  4. scarps23

    scarps23 Meat Mopper

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    Really good chicken. Best I've ever made. Juicy. I believe more from the brine then anything to do with the beer can. Going to try spatchcock next time. Some of the skin wasn't that crispy. About half and half. Sprayed with crisco butter after first hour on grill. Took about 2 1/2 - 3 hours cooking at around 300.


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  5. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Looks great man! Nice carve on the breast. Points!! Yeah I prefer to spatch and drink the beer myself. Did you run water in the pan? With my wsm, starting with a full chimney and running a dry pan would give me 325-350 and crispy bite thru skin.
     
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  6. scarps23

    scarps23 Meat Mopper

    Ran pan dry. Should have cooked a little higher temp for skin. Happy with the chicken. Luckily I had some other beer to drink while it smoked. Ha.

    Need some recipes for leftover chicken. Diced chicken up and might freeze half of it. I have a hard time cooking just enough to eat. Always having leftovers isn't bad with a vacuum sealer.




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  7. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    I usually smoke my chickens with sausage like kielbasa. (The sausage casings do well at chicken skin temps.) then I pick the bones and boil it down for stock and make gumbo with the leftover chicken and sausage.
     
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  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    The chickens look fantastic!

    Very nicely done!

    Point!

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  9. Great lookin color on those cluckers!
     
  10. scarps23

    scarps23 Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the responses. Added some to a stir fry. Vacuum sealed some for the gumbo idea in the future. Fall will be here before you know it and gumbo sounds great. Thanks for the idea.


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