Breast up or down?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by skdvr, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. skdvr

    skdvr Fire Starter

    I have a MES 40 and when smoking whole chickens on the rack should they be breast up or breast down?  I do not have the beer can stands yet, are they worth it to purchase?

    Thanks

    Phil
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have always put my poultry breast side up. I'm sure there are arguments for either way. Personally I do think the beer can holders are worth it but I know you can put out just as good of a bird without them its just nice to have that double stand holding both birds. My stand also has spikes where you can stick potatoes or corn on the cob for smoking as well.
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2011
  4. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I smoke mine breast up skin left on. Never dry...
     
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    I do mine breast up looking at you. Don't forget the butter and rub under the skin too.
     
  6. smokinal

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

    IMHO beer can chicken is the best way to smoke chicken. Always juicy & tender.
     
  7. skdvr

    skdvr Fire Starter

    Thanks for all the responses...  I think I will get the beer can holders and give that a go, but in the mean time I will do breast up.

    Thanks

    Phil
     
  8. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    Wish you luck with the birds
     
  9. smokinal

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


    You don't need any kind of holder. It will stand up just fine. With the beer can & the two legs it makes a tripod. It's very stable.
     
  10. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I have never done a beer can chicken guess I will have to give it a try...
     
  11. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Al.... I swear we must be long lost brothers or something ditto on the Beer can chicken and not needing a beer can holder.

    If anyone has a problem getting the can to balance on the grates place a wire rack or cooling wrack on the grates then place the can on that.

    You can also use a small square tile, trivet, small cast iron skillet...you get the picture
     
  12. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Look ma no stands

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  13. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I kinda like them hanging down at me, but I will take them any way they come?

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  14. smokinhessil

    smokinhessil Fire Starter

    I have most definitely found that beer can chicken is worth it and the stands can definitely be nice. You don't necessarily need them but there are always those funky birds who do not want to stand up. Make sure that you season the beer as well as under/over the skin when you make them. A great way to cook and make sure there is beer around :)!
     
  15. Beer can chicken has always turned out very juicy for me.  The key elements are:

    Use 12 oz can, which is only 1/3 full.

    Spice the inside of the bird before you violate it with the can.

    Put some spices in the can with the beer.

    Indirect heat only.

    Shoot for about 250 degrees for most of the cook time.

    Let your temperature spike at the very end, which will crisp the skin.

    Use a drip pan, a lot of liquid will fall from the bird.

    Injected marinade really livens up the flavor of the meat.

    Use a milder smoking wood.
     
  16. smokinhessil

    smokinhessil Fire Starter

    I don't know if you need to use a milder wood entirely. Last time i did it I used a mixture of apple and hickory, which turned out awesome. I really like mesquite with chicken as well, but that could be because of my time in southern AZ.
     

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