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How to add potatoes and veggies with beer can chicken?

unmarketing

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Hey everyone,

Just got the beer can chicken style stand and it has a space around the bottom to throw on potatoes and veggies. Any advice? Do I just put them in with the chicken at the same time/temp in the smoker?
 

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Yes, you can do that.  Cut the carrots into smaller pieces, like 1/2", and the potatoes into 1" cubes, or they may not finish at the same time as the chicken.  Onions and celery can be just about any size.   

I have a WSM so I put the turkey or chickens on the top rack, the veggies in a pan on the bottom rack to catch the drippings.  The veggies can take longer than the poultry if not cut small enough. 
 

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Not sure you want the poultry dripping into your other items? 
 

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I usually smoke mine in a pan with the veggies, but I usually pre cook the potatoes & carrots, cause they take longer to cook.

The chicken drippings are fine dripping on the veggies.

Al
 

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Not sure you want the poultry dripping into your other items? 
Why Not? The Veg and Bird will be coming out of a 225+ smoker fully cooked and the veg will be 200°F if they are tender. What can survive that? For the last 30 years, I put cut Taters in a pan and and roast them at 400 for 30 minutes. Then I place a rack of chicken parts over the pan and roast all another 30-45 minutes until thighs are 170 and the potatoes are browned. The Chix Fat gives the Potatoes a great flavor. I learned this from Grandma, who used this technique all her days. 

There really is no issue cooking/hot smoking Chicken over any meat or veg. The 225 plus temps kill dripping bacteria on contact...JJ
 

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