Good morning and welcome to the September edition of the Smoking-Meat.com monthly newsletter. I am your host, Jeff Phillips and we will be talking about some interesting aspects of smoking in this issue.. namely, Beer Can Chicken.
I trust that everyone had a wonderful labor day full of laziness, smoked food and the company of many family and friends. I kept the fires hot and even fired up the grill for some tasty country style ribs in a hurry, coated with my special naked rib rub. I am loving the cooler weather and looking forward to fall, my favorite time of year.
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Beer can chicken is probably one of my favorite ways to eat chicken.. this is so easy to do and yet yields so much flavor. I am going to share my own special way of making this summertime favorite which originates from the "Smoke It" book by Paul Kirk so listen up.
- 2 cups of Italian Dressing
- 12 oz of flat beer from 2 cans of beer, reserving 1/2 of each beer
- 4 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbs grated onions
- 2 Tbs cane sugar
- 1 Tbs course ground black pepper
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest
- 1 tsp fresh tarragon leaves
The Rub (this is a decent rub.. I usually use my own special rub which you can acquire here)
- 1/2 cup cane sugar
- 1/3 cup celery salt
- 1/3 cup onion salt
- 2 Tbs garlic salt
- 1/3 cup paprika
- 1 Tbs chili powder
- 2 tsp lemon pepper
- 2 tsp fine ground black pepper
- 1 to 2 tsp cayenne ( 1 for mild or 2 for hot.. you can do 3 or 4 if you are insane!)
- 1 tsp rubbed sage
- 1 tsp dried basil leaves
- 1 tsp dried tarragon leaves
You will also need 2 whole chickens of about 3 to 4 pounds each
Start out by making the beer marinade.. just mix all of the ingredients together and blend well with a wire whisk. Prepare the chickens by removing the giblets and rinsing the chickens, inside and out, with cold water.
Pat the chickens dry with a paper towel and place in a large plastic bag such as a 1 gallon ziploc.. pour the beer marinade over the chickens and close the plastic bag making sure to remove as much air as possible from the bag while sealing shut.
You will need to marinate the chickens for about 4 hours.
Make the rub in this recipe above or if you purchased my recipe which is now on sale by the way, mix it according to the directions.
Once the chicken is done marinating, remove it from the fridge, pat dry with a paper towel and coat it heavily with the rub you made.
Now place the chickens in the smoker sitting upright on top of the half full beer cans with the legs out front. Smoke cook with your favorite wood (I like fruit woods such as plum and apricot but you can also do well with hickory, oak, mesquite, or pecan) for about 4 hours or until the breast or thigh reaches 165 degrees.
A Great Tip From Steve
"This is a little something that a friend and I tried while smoking some ribs for a High School Football Booster Fund Raiser. We wanted something to feed the guys helping us with the chore of rubbing and smoking a bunch of ribs and chickens. So,since we didn't have a lot of money left over in the budget we purchased a 5lb stick of Bologna. We took a piece of 1" inside diameter pvc pipe and hollowed out the stick of bologna. We then rubbed it with the same rub that we had used on our ribs, then we used a piece of the bologna from inside the pvc and rolled it into a ball and plugged one end of the bologna stick. We then put barbecue sauce and onions and peppers into the hole in the bologna, then we plugged the other end and placed on our smoker with the ribs. We turned it several times over the next 15 or 20 mins. Then we placed it loosely in foil and continued to cook it for approx. 45 mins. We then removed it from the foil and sliced it into 1/2 inch thick slices. Then brushed them with more sauce and let them cook for another 10 to 15 mins. The guys loved this. We had people coming to help us, just to get a slice of bologna. We paid 7 dollars for the stick of bologna and used spices and rubs that we already had. We got about 15 slices out of our stick. I feel like we got some fairly cheap labor from those guys that day…haha Try this and let me know what you think. It's something great to nibble on while waiting for your ribs to finish. We also added a few ice cold beers to the recipe, but the cooks and not the food was marinated in these.
Thanks, Steve, for this great tip.
Jeff's Naked Rib Rub Recipes
I am still offering my super wonderful rib rub recipe which I charge for simply because of the years of hard work through trial and error that have gone into producing this perfect blend of spices and ingredients and because this is how I am able to pay for the server, hosting, domain, newsletter sending service, etc.
If you have not acquired this recipe then you are missing out on a little piece of heaven… ask anyone who has purchased the recipe. Get the rub recipe now!
As an addendum.. I am now also offering the recipe to my famous barbecue sauce for $9.95 or you can buy both recipes for only $18.95