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Beer Can Chicken with "Frank"

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by sqwib, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member








    As you can see by the first photo, I did not rub these with olive oil or place any butter underneath the skin, however it still came out pretty good.
  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for sharing the Q View, nice looking birds. Can you give us a little detail as to what temp you smoked at, and what kind of wood you used? And, what internal temp did you pull the birds from the grate? Thanks, it's all good my friend.
  3. ddigitalpimp

    ddigitalpimp Smoke Blower

    the smoker looks awesome.  i checked out the build in your sig.  really nice work my fellow keystonian [​IMG]

    go birds - on the smoker and the field.
  4. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sorry forgot to post that it is on my blog in my signature "SQWIB'S RF Cooks".

    Should be an internal temp of 180.

    Smoked with Cherry Wood

    here is the blog post

    "Beer Can Chicken"
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    Remember food safety especially with chicken, do not "cross contaminate" and keep a bleach based cleaner on hand to wipe everything down each step of the way.

    When working with chicken get everything ready and mixed before ever handling the chicken.

    Preheat RF to 350 degrees.

    Mix some sweet basil with butter to rub up underneath the skin in the breast area.

    Prepare your beer can and pour out half the beer, take a can opener and remove the top of the beer can.

    Remove chicken from refrigerator, remove the gizzard goodie bag, rinse chicken and set aside.

    Add the giblets neck and liver from the bag and a teaspoon of rosemary to the beer can.

    If you want to make gravy, you can add salt and other spices such as garlic and onion powder and when you remove the can from the chicken, place in a pot and dress up a bit, get creative here.

    Some people do not like the taste of liver, so you may not want to add the liver to the beer can if making gravy.

    I have noticed that spices such as Rosemary added in the can really impart flavor into the chicken.

    Place the Beer can on a cookie sheet. Rub chicken with olive oil and add your favorite rub or spices. Place chicken on the beer can.

    Heat the RF up to about 350 degrees, remove the “Beer Can Chickens” from the cookie sheet and place directly on the grates.

    Cook about 80 minutes, I did 90 minutes last time and it came out pretty good. The chicken makes for an incredible chicken salad the next day.

    The safe temp to cook a whole chicken is 180 degrees; I don’t mind overcooking these guys because they still come out OK.

    Just make sure to get some butter up under the skin at the breast area, because the breast can dry out before the chicken is done.

    Remove the chicken from the grill, place in a clean steamer pan and rest for about 15 minutes before carving.

    If you are making gravy, do so while the chicken is resting.

    Remove the skin and place on the still hot grates, carve the chicken and after the all the carving is done remove the skin and cut into strips to serve alongside the meat.

    As you can see by the first photo, I did not rub these with olive oil or place any butter underneath the skin, however it still came out pretty good.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2010
  5. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I too like the Frankensmoker it looks sweet. I also think that the birds look like they should taste really good and juicy too. Now I would also like to mention that momma has a really big knife too.
  7. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Great looking yard birds.  [​IMG]
  8. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great job Sqwib,

    Looks like all the bases are covered. Chicken, burgers, and dogs.
  9. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Those look really great...[​IMG]    

    I think they would have been even better if you had used a PBR can instead of Coors...[​IMG]
  10. ballagh

    ballagh Smoking Fanatic

    That is quite the Rambo knife the little lady is weilding :)  Looks good
  11. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sqwib.... the master of sqwab! LOL

    Good looking yard birds there Sqwib - looks like the wife knows how to keep people from reaching in and snaggin food off of her plate! [​IMG]
  12. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Its pretty funny you said that,

    the other can is PBR, I had an empty cam of Coors light and a full PBR

    I had just finished off my half of Killians the week before and was going through my mish mosh beers, I figured they were old and would finish them up and replenish.

    The PBR was in the fridge in the basement hiding all the way in the back and to the right, I usual keep all the canned bears in the bottom drawer.

    When I went to do the chickens I said shoot...no beer, [​IMG]oh well let me try a coke, but the PBR fairies were smiling on me, when I opened the fridge to grab a coke.[​IMG]

    The beer in the below photo is not the actual beer used in the making of this[​IMG]

    can you find the beer hiding in the next photo.

  13. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    She knows how to use it too[​IMG]

  14. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your Beer Can Chicken looks AWESOME!!

  15. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    That is some great looking chicken -  good job [​IMG]