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Unread 05-03-2011, 12:36 AM   #16
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Chicken is honestly probably the thing I do the most often. Not always whole, but MANY times it's whole. I, too, have found that the beer can method definitely helps speed the cook up because it steams and cooks the chicken from the inside as well, but haven't really found that it adds much flavor.

Can't say for sure that it adds NO flavor, but usually adding herbs to or under the skin does more in the way of flavor. Helps with moisture too, I guess, but I probably spatchcock more than anything anymore and still get great moist chicken. I think spatching also helps with cook time. AND it's also a lot easier to carve after the cook.

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Unread 05-03-2011, 12:54 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by gtr View Post
I have yet to be convinced that it makes a big difference what's in the beer can as far as imparting flavors goes. Like Soybomb says, getting rub under the skin or brining - and I'll add marinating (I wouldn't do all of these together though) is what is gonna bring you the flavor.
i totally agree. I have made MANY bcc's and i stopped putting stuff in the can. Now i just use the can as a holder. You need some sort of brine or marinate. I always put the herbs under the skin with a we bit of salt. That helps alot.

A good chicken is to marinate the whole thing in yoshida sauce. pretty good eats right there
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Unread 05-03-2011, 06:07 AM   #18
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I have tried a lot of different things in the can and can honestly say I have never been able to tell any difference. It does definitely make for a nice juicy bird though so I now drink the beer and put water in the can. All of my seasonings go on the bird. I like to put spices and herbs under the skin.
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Here's one from left field. If you want juicy white meat then cook the bird breast down so all the juices from the dark meat settle down into the breast. Trust me, try it. The bird does not quite look picture perfect with grill marks across the breast but I assure you it will be juicy. I have done this and for me it works.
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