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First Beer Can Chicken. (Suggestions?)


Joined Mar 29, 2010
I tried my first beer-can Chicken. Not bad, but nothing too special.

First I brined the bird for 8 hrs in apple juice, water & salt.

Then applied a very light rub on the skin.

I used about a half a can of PBR.

Smoked it unwrapped for 5hrs. @ 245°F

Sprayed with apple juice every hour.

As I said good but I bet it could've been better. Part of me thinks most of the flavor and juicyness came from the brining process. Some suggestions would be much appreciated.





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Joined Jul 26, 2009
The chicken looks good - what did you not like? I would think that the spritzing probably left you with some pretty soft skin - I dont spritz and I do like to finish it on the grill to crisp the skin


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I also wouldnt smoke it at 245. I run my smoker at over 300 when doing beer butt chicken. It looked great and im sure the next attempt you will tweek it make it to your liking even more.

ol' smokey

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Joined Feb 4, 2009
What they said. Higher temps and for me less beer in the can, mabey a quarter of a can or a bit less. I do mine at 300 to 350° and still have beer in the can. Like everyone else it's just my 2¢.


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Joined Dec 31, 2009
when I make beer can chicken I use different things in the can, I tried beer but now I use things like Dr. Pepper, coke, Rum, ect. I try different things every now and then. 

to me the secret is to seperate the skin from the bird with your hand being carfull not to tear it.  make a mix of your spices and some butter and rub it inbetween the skin and the meat, then season the outside of the skin.  I do mine on the BBQ at about 350 and  I have never had one that isn't good.


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