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How To Smoke Beer Can Chickens With A Drum Smoker

When people start taking their BBQ seriously, one of the first things that they want to cook is beer can chicken. Here is a step by step tutorial. 

Beer Can Chicken Instructions

1) Prepare your smoker at 350. Most woods go well with chicken, I usually go with a fruit wood like Apple or Cherry. Don't over do it with a stronger wood like Hickory and Mesquite.

2) Dry the chicken thoroughly and if you can, leave it to air dry in your fridge overnight.

3) The next day, apply a binder like Olive Oil cooking spray to help the seasoning adhere. We spray our chicken with Duck Fat cooking spray. Any cooking spray or olive oil will work.

4) Season the outside of your chicken  liberally with your preferred rub. Try to get some rub under the skin for more flavor.

5) Make sure your beer is at room temperature. Placing your chicken on top of a cold beer will slow down the cooking process. Remove the top of the beer with a can opener or kitchen shears and remove 1/3 - 1/2 of the beer.

6) Place a tablespoon of the rub in the can. Add aromatics like thyme, rosemary, sage and garlic to the can. Place the can in your beer can holder. Then place the chicken on the beer can with the can going into the chicken cavity.

7) Place the chicken upright in your cooker. A typical chicken will take from 90 to 120 minutes but don't assume the chicken is ready based on time. Buy an instant read thermometer and make sure that the chicken is at least 160 in the breast. The internal temp will carry over to 165 while the chicken is resting. The dark meat should in the 175-180 range.

8) Baste the chicken a few times during the cook with melted butter to help keep it moist and add flavor.

9) If you choose to sauce, wait until the chicken is almost to temperature. The sugar in the sauce will burn if you apply it too early.

10) Let the chicken rest for at least 10 - 15 minutes to allow those juices to settle. Then carve and enjoy your moist & flavorful beer can chicken!

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Video Posted On 4/18/21


Smoke Perfect BBQ Chicken Every Time!

Watch this video for a foolproof method of smoking wonderfully juicy & tender BBQ chicken every time! There are just a few simple steps to follow. You can achieve perfect chicken no matter what grill & seasoning that you choose.


Kenyatta demonstrates the technique using his Weber Summit Kamado and two different rubs. One rub is Chef Paul Prudhomme's Poultry Magic. The other rub is Pitmaster Harry Soo's Slap Yo Daddy BBQ Jailbird Chicken rub. Tune in to learn the process and to find out which rub Kenyatta & Jeannine prefer.

Video Published On 9/25/21

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Good Chop Meat Subscription Service

Good Chop is a new monthly meat subscription service that ships boxes of meat that you can fully customize. This means that you can choose the exact cuts of meat and seafood that you want in your box. For instance: in the medium box plan you get to choose 6 cuts of meat and seafood. If you want to choose to only have 6 packages of filet mignon in you box, then you can do so, and the price of the box would be no different than if you chose to select all 6 packages as pacific cod. 
As it is a monthly subscription, customers need to remember to select their cuts each month - if they forget to make their selections in a given month, they'll receive a default selection box. 
The menu options from which customers choose their meats change, but mostly Good Chop says that they are mostly adding new products, and not taking products off very often. Some additions coming soon include:
  • Wild-caught MSC certified sea scallops
  • Free-range organic turkey sourced directly from Koch’s farm, a 4 generation family farm located right at the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country 
  • Two USDA Prime beef options: a thick-cut ribeye steak of 12 oz and a tender and juicy 8 oz filet mignon
  • A rare pork t-loin chop, which is a long bone-in chop

Good Chop also says that they tend to keep of their most demanded products all year round, such as USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steaks, Angus Ribeyes, Wild-Caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, Thick-Cut Uncured Bacon, Chicken Breasts... and more. 

At the time of this post, you can can get $80 off of your first three boxes by heading to the this page: https://www.goodchop.com/plans,
Good Chop sent a sample box for me to review.  Check out the video for my thoughts and for a quick recipe for the pork chops that were included in my box. 
Video Published on 9/17/21

Taking Another Look At The Meater Wireless Thermometer | Meater Plus

After a less than stellar experience with The Meater Block and the original Meater thermometer, I took a closer look at the Meater Plus Wireless Thermometer to find out whether it lives up to the expectations that I had when I supported the Kickstarter campaign back in 2015.


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Video Published On May 30, 2021


LSG 20" Offsets Are Perfect for Smoking Chicken & Pork Butt Together!

Kenyatta takes advantage of the LSG's versatility while smoking a whole chicken & a pork butt simultaneously. He seasoned the chicken with Swine Life's Mississippi Grind and the pork butt with John Henry's Pecan Rub & a bourbon brown sugar mop sauce. Watch the video to find out which one of the recipes is an absolute home run!

Video Published On 6/15/2020