First Drum smoke. Beer Can Chicken

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by wutang, May 12, 2009.

  1. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Since the seasoning burn of my uds I have been itching to get it fired up again. So I put on a beer can chicken, some chicken breasts and some abts.

    I brined the whole chicken over night in a brine of:
    1/2 gallon water
    1/2 cup kosher salt
    1/4 cup light brown sugar
    2 tsp garlic powder
    2 tsp onion powder
    1 TBS whole peppercorns
    1/2 tsp ground sage
    the juice of 3 mandarin oranges. After squeezing juice from oranges I tossed the orange halves in with the brine.

    Chicken about to come out of the brine

    Poured half of a Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier into an empty soda can and placed the chicken over it. Put some rub on the outside of the bird.

    Set up everything on the grill grate on my kettle grill then just placed whole grate onto the drum

    About an hour into the smoke. A few bacon wrapped chicken breast behind the whole bird and a bunch of abts in front

    Abts are done

    Bird is done

    I let the bird rest tented with foil about 20 minutes before carving. It was very juicy and very flavorful. The blackberry beer added a nice aroma to the bird. Definately something I will do again. I liked how the citrus flavor of the brine matched up with the sweetness of the blackberry beer flavor.
  2. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great first smoke on the new drum wutang....real nice lookin bird!
  3. bigbaldbbq

    bigbaldbbq Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That is a tasty looking bird! [​IMG]
  4. OMG that is a nice looking bird think i will try that
  5. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking bird there.
  6. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Beautiful bird there, Wutang, and nice flavor combo with the beer and orange. Congratulations on a prefect break-in smoke![​IMG]
  7. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Dang, that was a well endowed hen.
  8. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congratulations on a sucessful first smoke on the drum. Nice color on everything. The flavor combination sounds good. [​IMG]
  9. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's about as pretty a chicken as I've seen in a long time. Nice color. Congrats on the break in smoke.
  10. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks everyone, I appreciate it. The chicken came out great I will have to do it again for sure.
  11. isutroutbum

    isutroutbum Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    It all looks delicious! I especially like your brine. I will definately have to give that a shot. Thanks for posting!


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