Drunken Chicken (AKA Beer Can Chicken) - First Time!

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by oldironhead, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. My husband used to call this Drunken Chicken- he and his buddies did it on the grill at football tailgates. I decided to try Jeff's version yesterday for my family in the smoker.

    As an aside, if anyone needs some rain in their area, please call me. Once I set my smoker up, you are guaranteed precipitation :(

    I brined two birds for about 3 hours and then dried them off completely, used a wee olive oil to make the rub stick, and smoked them with apple and hickory wood (because that's what I had on hand) at around 240 just under 4 hours.

    I didn't get good pictures of the carved breasts, and, of course, my family devoured it all. LOL

    Here are some pics of my day:
     
  2. I neglected to post these pics

     
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  3. smokinal

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

    Looks delicious!

    Great job!

    Al
     
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  4. bummed

    bummed Smoke Blower

    That does look really good, did you use Jeff's rub too?
     
  5. Thanks! I used the recipe from his book. Off the top of my head: kosher salt, pepper, cayenne, thyme, garlic and rosemary. For the rosemary, i used fresh springs and put them directly in the beer cans.
     
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  6. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That chicken looks great!  I did BCC for the first time for fathers day, I couldn't tell any flavor difference from my non BCC.  How was the flavor of yours?

    Mike
     
  7. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking yardbird!
     
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  8. Mike,

    Thanks!! I think it was the texture mostly that was different. Granted, I didn't have any of the breast from the BCC, which is what I do otherwise. I think I might not brine a whole chicken next time-- or maybe not as long.

    I do brined chicken breasts with fresh thyme under the bacon so they hold the flavor of the spices.

    Was definitely "fun" to have the dancing chickens in the smoker though.

    :)
     
  9. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Cool!  Having fun is what it's all about.

    Mike
     
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