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!

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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?

  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.

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