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#1 May 01 2008 at 7:36 AM Rating: Excellent
To be precise beer chicken. I only started taking pictures half way through, so the initial steps are not documented, but it's a pretty simple concept.

step 1 - wash and dry the chicken, apply your favorite spice rub and let sit overnight.

Step 2 - prepare wood chips and buy beer. The wood chips should be soaked. The beer goes into a beer can, but this beer only comes in bottles so I had to empty another can and refill it. When making the smoking package take two handfulls of wet chips with one handful of dry chips and wrap in tinfoil. Punch holes in the tinfoil.
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#2 May 01 2008 at 7:39 AM Rating: Excellent
step 3. Insert beer can into chicken and place on barbecue. Notice that the wings are tied up. This will keep them from burning. On the chicken side have a dripping pan. Put some juice/liquid into the dripping pan that will go well with the spice rub as it makes very good gravy. I used apple juice. On the other side have the smoke package. Only heat this side. Unfortunately you can't really see the beer can in these pictures. This is about 20 minutes in. You should be basting the bird with butter every 30-45 minutes. The smoke pack will need to be replaced after an hour and half or so.
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Edited, May 1st 2008 10:42am by Xsarus
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#3 May 01 2008 at 7:42 AM Rating: Excellent
step 4, remove bird and cut up and eat. Pretty simple. A note on the barbecuing. You will find the bird gets darker on the side nearer the heat (duh). What I do is rotate the chicken when the one side is noticeably darker. When the colour is getting a bit dark, cover the bird with tinfoil, as that will keep the skin from burning. The whole process takes around 2 1/2 to 3 hours, I kept the barbecue at between 350 and 400 degrees. Finally a picture of the beer can.
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#4 May 08 2008 at 12:52 PM Rating: Excellent
This is an awesome thread. Seriously
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#5 Jul 26 2009 at 8:16 AM Rating: Excellent
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What exactly are you supposed to soak the wood chips in, the beer or just water?
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#6 Jul 26 2009 at 8:59 AM Rating: Excellent
just water. The beer won't add any flavour to the smoke.
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#7 Jul 26 2009 at 10:48 AM Rating: Excellent
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Ok, and why a beer car instead of the bottle? Is it because of the heat distribution, or you didn't feel like being gentle with the chicken and just wanted to tear it a new one?
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#8 Jul 26 2009 at 1:31 PM Rating: Excellent
Heating up glass is generally not that good an idea. The beer bottles aren't designed to handle heat like that, so that's what I'd be worried about.

You also can't puncture holes in the side of a bottle like you can with a can. I had a fairly large chicken, if you get a smaller chicken get a smaller can. Any object that can handle the heat will do really.

The beer does flavour the chicken, but you could also use wine (although I'd probably water it down a bit), or something like iced tea for variety. You'll notice a subtle difference, but most of the flavour is in the smoke and the rub.

Edited, Jul 26th 2009 4:31pm by Xsarus
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