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Forum topic by wseand posted 05-28-2010 08:10 AM 896 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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wseand

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05-28-2010 08:10 AM

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First time trying it but i heard it’s great. Ok, light or dark beer. I have a smoker, gas grill, and a fire pit which one should I use. No experience necessary just your preference.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy


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#1 posted 05-28-2010 01:37 PM

Been makin’ beer can chicken for 6 or 7 years! My kids would chew off an arm to eat it! They absolutely love it!

As for the “beverage” in the can: Doesn’t really matter! I’ve used domestic light beer, domestic lager, import beers, ales, lagers, ports and stouts. I’ve used coke, pepsi, dr. pepper, sprite, 7-up and even ginger ale! I have used my electric smoker, my propane grill, and my weber charcoal “smokey joe.”

The key isn’t so much the stuff in the can: it all does basically the same thing! It gets hot, evaporates, and helps cook the inside and keep the meat “basted” from the inside out, thus keeping it moist!

I have found that the key is the dry rub/marinade, how long you let the dry rub or marinade work, what type of smoking vehicle you use, what type of wood you use to smoke it, and how long you let it go! Just make sure you use INDIRECT heat and a good meat thermometer. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, make sure it is “falling off the bone” when you remove it from the grill.

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#2 posted 05-28-2010 01:38 PM

I am going to make a “beer can turkey” at some point this summer! I am going to use an “oil-can” size beer, like a heineken do do the job.

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#3 posted 05-28-2010 02:05 PM

Uncle_Salty, I used a liter can of Foster’s. Only need 2/3 rd’s of a can though and a 12 pound bird. I used a bigger bird the first time and had mixed results. I found the smaller bird cooks more evenly.

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#4 posted 05-28-2010 05:18 PM

sounds good

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#5 posted 05-28-2010 05:26 PM

For “beer butt chicken” I rinse the bird out really thoroughly, use a beer I am not willing to drink (Anything that goes in the same color it comes out such as Budweiser, Miller, etc…), Rub the bird down with Adams BBQ rub, and set that sucker in the smoker for 45 min / lb… Or until the thick part of the breast is 180 deg F.

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#6 posted 05-28-2010 06:39 PM

does the beer add additional flavor? I’ve been under the impression that you could just as easily use a coke can with water. That the beer can basically adds moisture to the air and prevents the meat from drying out. Just wondering. I love beer and chicken, so I might need to give this a shot.

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#7 posted 05-28-2010 07:40 PM

HokieMojo, you can use root beer, gingerale, even squirt. Its basically for the moisture, although with sodas, I find that you can detect a sweetness in the breast meat.

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#8 posted 05-28-2010 07:53 PM

There is a hint of beer flavor in beer butt chicken.

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#9 posted 05-28-2010 08:07 PM

well, this weekend I’m taking a stab at making homemade Barbacoa (think chipotle’s version). Maybe next weekend I’ll give this one a try.

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#10 posted 05-28-2010 08:22 PM

I had no idea you could use basically anything. I will throw a good rub on it this afternoon and try it in the smoker. I will use the miller light I have. Thanks all for the info can’t wait to try it out.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#11 posted 05-28-2010 10:54 PM

The rubs the secret. If you buy the eleven pack of beer they give you a free can of beer for your chicken:)

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#12 posted 05-28-2010 11:18 PM

sounds real good

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#13 posted 05-28-2010 11:58 PM

I thru some fresh thyme sprigs, lemon pepper, salt and peppa. Some Dried chili’s from last years crop, the wife likes it spicy and some secret recipe rub I made a while back, AKA forgot what I put in it. Can’t wait to bite into it.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#14 posted 05-29-2010 12:24 AM

the first time i made it…hardly any of the beer was gone…and it was fantastic..then i tried it without anything in the center…and the chicken turned out fantastic…i dont think it matter…imho….i rub the chicken down with oil and all sort of spices…they always come out good…try it…you will see….

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