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Upside down chicken survives abandonment

DeckhandDeckhand Posts: 318
edited 3:23AM in EggHead Forum
Decided to try Little Steven's Upside Down Chicken.
Covered the bird with Shakin' the Tree.. under the skin too. Squirted lime juice on the skin first... saw something on a TV show... Rachael Ray, I think, about it making the skin more crispy. Put it back in the fridge for half an hour to dry the skin. (Didn't have longer). On the fire indirect...upside down on the vertical roaster in the middle of a small round drip pan. (BGE grid on top of Adjustable Rig). 13" stone on bottom of rig for heat deflector. Started at 250 and let the heat gradually rise to 290 over an hour. 2 chunks of apple and 2 chunks of cherry wood on the coals. After the first hour the thighs were 20° hotter than the breast and skin was already golden brown.
Emergency took me out of the house for another hour. I knew it would be overcooked but hoped it would be salvagable. Indeed. Breast was 180° and thighs 195°
Breast wasn't juicy but not bad... Thighs were perfect. Poured Blues Hog over everything and chowed down. I'm sold on the "Upside Down" method... breast meat would have been ruined otherwise. Thanks Little Steven. Oh, if the neck opening is too tight for the stand, cut away some of the neckbone with a pair of shears.

Comments

  • Deckhand,

    I have done them hotter and with a catch pan for when the bowl of the stand fills up. The fat spills over in to the catch pan leaving really nice jus. I think that gives a greater span between the breast and thigh/leg. OMG I could be the next T-Rex. (Sorry Jason) ;)

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • I can see it now you will be famous and the chicks won't leave their hands off of you. :woohoo:
  • Tim,

    Hahaha, The pizza on parchment was mine and I think I was first to coin xer-T. Not that I'm bitter about it or anything :laugh:

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • I'll always remember that. ;)
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    Tim,

    The ladies already use him as a coaster. So not much should change. :lol:
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    :lol: Love you guys. :laugh: :whistle: :evil:
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