Recipe Beer Butt Chicken

Discussion in 'Outdoor Cooking and BBQs' started by CraigC, 7 Mar 2018.

  1. CraigC

    CraigC Über Member

    SE Florida
    With all the low and slow BBQ I have done over the years, this is a first for me. I have re-purposed the Basic Chicken Rub from the cupcake thighs to use for this "Yard Bird".

    Basic Chicken Rub
    2/3 cup chili powder
    1/2 cup sugar
    4 tablespoons kosher salt
    4 tablespoons onion powder
    4 tablespoons garlic powder
    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    Small whole chicken
    16 oz can of beer
    Chicken stock

    Bring smoker to 300F
    1) In a large bowl, combine the rub ingredients thoroughly. You can store this rub in an airtight container indefinitely. I use the food processor to combine the rub ingredients. It breaks up any lumps.
    2) Rinse the chicken, trim excess skin and fat, pat dry inside and out.
    3) Apply rub inside and out.
    4) Open beer and place in cavity.
    5) Place chicken, with can on a pan filled with chicken stock in the smoker.
    6) Cook until an instant read thermometer reads 175F in the thick part of the thigh. I let the temperature get to 198F as I intend to "pull" the chicken meat from the bones. Trust me it won't dry out.
    7) Remove from smoker and let rest.
    8) Carve and and serve.

    The raw ingredients
    Chicken ready for the smoker
    The BGE with charcoal briquettes and cherry chunks
    Chimney with charcoal briquettes
    After 2-1/2 hours the chicken is done. I put a little something as a side about an hour into the cook.
    Ready to cut up. We are saving the chicken to "pull" and have as another meal. Smoked chicken is always nice to have on hand.
  2. flyinglentris

    flyinglentris Active Member

    So ... question ... do you put the bird on top of a 'closed' beer can that pops open and sprays while cooking?
  3. CraigC

    CraigC Über Member

    SE Florida
    The top is popped before insertion. I want to actually eat the chicken not launch it or blow it up.:eek::D That reminds me of a turkey stuffing recipe which calls for raw popcorn. You know the turkey is done when the popcorn blows its arse out.:whistling:
  4. Oh things to do with the smoker once the weather improves! I bought a smoker just as the weather started getting cold, and I also have a book on smoking that I won in the Spice Challenge. I'll make sure I'm ready to go as soon as the weather breaks!
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  5. CraigC

    CraigC Über Member

    SE Florida
    What type and brand of smoker do you have?
  6. It's this one. Or, I should say it will look like this once I put it together. :laugh:

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