Smoked Beer Can Chicken in the Snow
One 3 to 4lb Chicken
Bad Byron's Butt Rub or other
Can of beer and a beer can chicken roaster.
Tomatoes ketchup and Honey for the basting.
Hickory Wood chips.
There's something special about barbecuing in the snow. The food tastes even better, like it does after a long walk, which creates anticipation and appetite.
This beer can chicken recipe is simple and is delicious.
Its a good idea to site you barbecue out of the cold wind to help maintain temperatures.
Purchase a 3 to 4lb chicken depending on your requirements. Make sure you remove the giblets.
Wash the chicken and pat dry with kitchen towel. Rub the skin with a little olive oil and then rub in the spice.
Half fill your beer can with beer or herb and spice flavoured water, carefully place the chicken over the can. Its now ready for the barbecue.
Add wood chips to hot charcoal and wait until smoking.
Place the beer can chicken on the grill (indirect cooking) and close the lid. leave for about an hour.
After 1 hour the chicken is now smoked but requires more cooking.
To stop the extremities of the chicken drying out during long cooking periods, basting is an excellent idea and it adds the most delicious finger licking flavour.
After basting replace the lid and leave for a further 2 to 3 hours. Baste again each hour if necessary.
After a slow cooking time of 4 hours the most moist juicy finger licking smoked chicken was devoured by the family in minutes.
Top marks was received from all ages, our only wish was that, we should have barbecued 2 chickens.
Be warned! this recipe will get you hooked on barbecue smoking all the year round.
BBQ Smoking Tips and Ideas
The best type of barbecues for winter smoking are the vertical or bullet shaped ones. They maintain an even temperature a lot easer and with less charcoal than the horizontal models.
Smoking With Vertical Smokers
Light 3Kg of charcoal and wait 20 to 25 minutes until the charcoal is nearly covered in white ash. Place the woodchips in your smoking tin or wrap it sliver foil and pierce with two holes to allow the smoke to dissipate.
Utilise a drip tray or make one from foil as above. This will stop the fat dripping onto the coals from the chicken and causing flare ups.
Using tongs carefully place the woodchips in the coals. Wait for around 10 minutes or until the woodchips start to smoke. Place the beer can chicken on the grill and close the lid. Smoke for around an hour so you now have time to make your basting sauce.
After 1 hour the chicken is now smoked but requires more cooking. Basting is an excellent idea and it adds the most delicious finger licking flavour. After basting replace the lid and leave for a further 2 to 3 hours. Baste again if necessary every hour or so during cooking.
Baste with a quick home-made barbecue sauce.
2 tables spoons of tomato sauce, 1 table spoon of Soya light sauce and 1 table spoon of honey. Just stir the ingredients and apply to the chicken with a basting brush.
Only place the chicken in the smoker when the woodchips begin to smoke, this will smoke seal your chicken and allow the smoky flavour to penetrate. Don't be tempted to overdo the smoke by adding more woodchips.
If you can only achieve low temperatures you will have to lengthen the cooking times. So in winter start barbecuing around lunchtime. Don't check the chicken more than once an hour, you will lose heat and will have to increase cooking times.
Be careful when removing the chicken from the beer can the liquid will be hot.
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