Spatchcock or beer butt

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by biaviian, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I've never done a beer butt so I'm wondering why people chose one over the other.  Is it simply the extra flavor from from the liquid, due to space, etc...?
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My suggestion is to do one of each. They are both very very good you need to experience them both.
  3. smoke_chef

    smoke_chef Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I've done a far share of poultry. I say it's 6 of one or half a dozen of another. I think it just comes down to some people don't like to spatchcock the bird. Other people may not have the beer can stand (not that it's required... just easier) so they spatchcock. Both ways put out some great bird!! I read one post where a guy said that spatchcocking held his dry rub better. I can see that. It probably does. Yet another said the beer can method was fail proof on never drying out a bird. I don't know about never but he's probably right. It's less likely for sure. Like I said... IMHO, (In My Humble Opinion) it's which ever way you prefer. Now... I will say I'm a hard core, always do it, brine guy when it comes to poultry. I think that's way more important that how you decide to cook it. Again, just MHO. Good luck and be sure to post your q-view.
  4. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I've been doing spatchcock for years.  I am just wondering if there is a reason people chose one over the other, beside what I mentioned. 
  5. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Like I said both are good but I do love a good beer butt chicken. Try it and see what you think. You will love it.
  6. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks for the posts Smoke and rbanstner.  I never had a stand so I've never tried the beer butt.  If I had two chickens I'd do a side-by-side.  I may have to run out and get another tomorrow.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2010
  7. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmm...I've done beer-butt yard birds...very good flavor as mentioned. You can kick things up a bit by adding freshly minced garlic, onion, chopped apple, lemon wedges, etc. into the can for additional flavors...done that myself and it does make a noticeable difference.

    Haven't done spatchcock (yet), but I will say that if cooker space is an issue and time is not (it takes longer for beer-butt), a few 1/2 full [​IMG] beverage containers, beer-butt can really help you maximize cooker space. I would think that spatchcock probably takes up about 3 times the cooker space as a standing bird, and maybe 2/3 the time to smoke.

    I just quartered a couple birds a few days ago, and that was really nice for smoking it to the exact temps in the breast and thighs that I was looking for. Prep time takes only a few minutes longer.

  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have done two beer can birds at a time severel times - one easy way to keep them steady and not ever need a rack is to use bamboo skewers to hold the two birds stable - just make sure there is a little room between them so they get smoke and color all over the chicken
  9. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Kind of like... smoked at the hip.
  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I think the guys who spatchcock would rather drink the beer than share it with the chicken.
  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What rbranstner said.   Both are great!

    Make sure they're both legal in Carlisle!

    Gotta be 21 for the beer butt![​IMG]

  12. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    My chickens are young.  I'm not sure what the legal drinking age is for chickens though.  Tomorrow I'm doing a 4lb chicken spatchcocked and a 5.5lb chicken Dr. Pepper butt style.  I am doing two side-by-side so I can compare.  I'll add some of my rub into the can as well as under the skin (mixed with butter).  I didn't brine this chicken as I ran out of time (so it won't be a true comparison).  Then also a Boston butt, rack of ribs, and some chicken. 
  13. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Spatchcock, Keester, or whole bird, ya can't go wrong with yardbird.
  14. smoke_chef

    smoke_chef Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    meateater has it right. Poultry, wether it be yard bird or turkey is good smoked no matter how you do it! Venture brings up a good point though. lol
  15. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    I've done both and I like to spatchcock more often.  The birds come out very juicy either way as long as you don't over cook them but the spatchcocked bird is easier to cut apart for serving and you never have to worry about your bird falling over or having to use an appliance to mount the bird. To me I get more even cooking with the spatchcocked bird
  16. I've also done both. I can't say I prefer one over the other. Spatchcock does not take as long and it is very moist and flavorful. My plan this weekend is to do a spatchcock and a beer butt chicken. I will brine one and also inject one. Just want to see which one comes out better.
  17. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I wasn't able to do the beer butt because the chicken's butt was too small for even a redbull can. So I spatchcocked both and only brined one.  The one I didn't brine I injected and I think I liked that more than the brined chicken.
  18. i've gotten mixed results using brine. I once put a chicken in brine over night and it was by far the worst chicken I ever cooked. It seems like the shorter period, such as 4 hrs or less suit my taste better.  I also like to inject, using just butter and rub.
  19. lugnutz

    lugnutz Smoking Fanatic

    [​IMG]  you had the chicken upside down !! [​IMG]
  20. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    OH really?  I thought you put it up the butt since it is called beer butt and not beer head!

    Now I feel like an idiot, thanks!  No really, thanks for pointing that out.  Now I can try it!
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2010

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