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Advice on Beer Can Chicken

edited 9:13AM in EggHead Forum
Evening, everybody! Need your advice.
Tried Beer Can Chicken on the Egg for the first time. Got the chicken to room temp (after injecting it with marinade) as I got the Egg to 225. Used a 16 oz can of Boddington's, gave it a nice initial baste of melted butter on top of some dry rub put on a couple of hours earlier. Used a combination of hickory and apple wood for smoke. Two hours later, when I expected it to be done, the breast meat was still only at 145 and the thigh at 155. Three hours later - breast at 150 and thigh at 165. Four hours later - FOUR HOURS!!! - breast at 155 and thigh only at 170. Egg was at 225 the entire time. What happened? Any advice?


  • RafterdudeRafterdude Posts: 39
    Dr Jeff,
    Try cooking your next bird a t 325. dome. 225 is pretty low for chicken. Are you cookin direct or Indirect? Keep trying one setup until you get the results that you want, and keep a journal of your cooks to remind yourself of what worked as well as what didnt. Also, check your thermometer calibration. Good Luck! Craig

  • GrilliciousGrillicious Posts: 347
    Dr Jeff, Rafterdude is correct. My last one was 325 to 350 indirect. Turned out perfect after about 1hr 15-30 minutes. 225 is too low, way too low if that was dome temp, since grid temp can be 20, 30, or more dgrees lower than dome temp.

  • GrilliciousGrillicious Posts: 347
    Your should consider spatchcock chicken as an alternative to beer can chicken. Check out The Naked Whiz's Dead Simple Spatchcock Chicken at the link below[p]
  • RumrunnerRumrunner Posts: 563
    Dr Jeff, and don't waste the beer! Drink it, then fill the can back up with water, juice, broth, brine, what-have-you, but for goodness sakes...don't waste the beer on a chicken ;) With the rest....325°-350° cook temp.[p]You would like "spatchcocked" chicken. In addition to the Naked Whiz' site follow the link for more info and how-to.

    [ul][li]More on Spatchcocking a Chicken[/ul]
  • Rumrunner,[p]AMEN! And by the looks of your jimmy fingers, it appears you've been cooking beer can chicken this morning too.
  • RumrunnerRumrunner Posts: 563
    scole, nope....just "prepping" LOL

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