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Old 11-18-2009, 07:21 PM   #1
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It appears to be one of the great controversies in BBQ. Does stuffing a half full beer can or other liquid in a chicken's behind really impact the chicken. I came upon some interesting research over on the Naked Whiz.

http://www.nakedwhiz.com/beercanchicken.htm

I apologize if this is a repeat but I couldn't find anything in a search.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:20 PM   #2
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my experience with beer can chicken is simple. it just dont work.
if i want beer tasting chicken i get 2 bottles of heineken coat the chicken with yard birds and let it marinade in fridge for 24 hrs. this is beer chicken friends.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:22 PM   #3
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It makes a great throne, though!
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:45 PM   #4
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I think beer can chickens are awesome. Does the beer matter? Probably not, but I think the fact that you have moisture steaming in there helps.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:54 PM   #5
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Hmmm... I guess I never really put that much thought into it. But I have been known to drink the beer and put water back in the can, and have also used various soda's , and none of them really tasted much different unless I used different rubs. Very interesting read though!! They really did their homework to prove this wrong. But I'll probably keep making them anyway.
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Rick, not sure if the spices or flavors make much difference in the taste, but some may think it does. The moisture added is the big thing. OBTW, it does work.
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:11 PM   #7
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You mean I can throw away my steel beer can chicken holders?

Interesting article. The conclusion is probably true, but the whole concept is a great novelty that really caught fire, so to speak. In a nutshell, it's a cool way to cook chickens vertically and impress your friends and neighbors all at the same time. It also probably got a number of folks into grilling and BBQ that might not otherwise have...so keep the beer can chickens coming I say!
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:22 PM   #8
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I've only had beer can chicken once and while I don't know what made it taste like it did and I suspect that the rub had a lot to do with it, it was pretty farking good and I will be cooking them in my future. I also plan on trying some beer can turkey this year.
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:43 PM   #9
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what i say is that the test is WRONG!!!!!
everyone knows that a red thermopen is the only accurate one!
and they were using a yellow one! hahahaha
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:28 PM   #10
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They said the beer did not get hot enough to boil and therefore steam the inside of the chicken. I guess it probably depends on what temp the beer is when you start. What if you heat the beer up to a boil and then put back in can? I bet it boils and steams then.
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:03 AM   #11
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Its been my expereince that the liquid in the can doesn't matter. Use water, beer, wine, apple juice, etc. and it's pretty much all the same when it comes to the taste of the bird. Brine, wood flavor, and rubs is where you impart the real flavor. It's just a way to create more moisture into the cavity as well as heat and smoke to heat the bird. I really like beer can birds but I don't use a can. I've tried two other systems and really like them as I like to reserve the juices.

Here I just use stands as the key is the pan and the juice I start with and end with:



Here's a bird bath setup but there is a built in holder in the pot:



I really like "beer" can smoked birds. They have a great taste and come out very moist and tender. Not to say you can't do them other ways but I enjoy them. Noting wrong with doing a spatchcock bird either.

P.S. this is one reason I love beer can birds, when you grab the thigh bones, they come right out:

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Old 11-19-2009, 12:37 AM   #12
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They said the beer did not get hot enough to boil and therefore steam the inside of the chicken. I guess it probably depends on what temp the beer is when you start. What if you heat the beer up to a boil and then put back in can? I bet it boils and steams then.
I'm guessing you would lose that bet.
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:57 AM   #13
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I believe the article. The Emperor wears no clothes...
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:54 AM   #14
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Done it once,next time I'll drink the beer and use a cheap soda to put in the chicken.
Or I'll use Psyco Realms idea.
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Old 11-19-2009, 05:59 AM   #15
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try the "sit & spin" method!

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