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Whole Smoked Chicken

Whole smoked chicken beer can style using concentrated lemonade and brine d about 2 hours. You can use any liquid in the can lime, orange, cranberry, spices etc. Whatever I’m using in the can or stuffing in the cavity I over pack it to make sure the meat catches the flavor (most of it won’t stick). Smoked this one at 350 but Ideally smoking the chicken at 375 is better for a crispier skin.

For instance if you smoked it at 250 the skin will be thicker and softer. Still good just not a personal preference. If your not eating the skin then it doesn’t matter amiright? Kind of like how people prefer bacon crispy. Rely on getting an internal temperature of 165 in breast and let your smoke, can ingredients, stuffing, and/or injection work the meat.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Brine 2 hours
Servings 4
Calories 875kcal
Author Shawn
Cost $8

Equipment

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 5 lb whole chicken
  • 12 oz concentrated lemonade or your favorite
  • 3 tbs Biddy
  • 3 tbs olive oil

Brine

  • 6 cups water
  • 3 tbs salt
  • 2 tbs Biddy

Instructions

  • A few hours ahead of smoking in a large bowl mix up the brine.
  • Take the concentrated lemonade can and set on counter.
  • Take your chicken and wash inside and out under cold water.
  • Submerge chicken in brine cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Get your pit smoking 350 to 375.
  • Funnel concentrated lemonade into a beer can about .75 full.
  • After chicken is brine d pull it and pat dry.
  • Take olive oil and brush all over the bird.
  • Sprinkle Biddy all over the oiled bird.
  • Set the can of lemonade in a “beer can chicken holder”.
  • Push the bird’s bottom over the can all the way into it keeping the can standing.
  • Keeping the bird standing set it on top of the grill insert your thermometer probe where the point is in center of the breast.
  • Cover and monitor the pit’s ozone 300 to 375.
  • Your times will vary. Temperature stalled at 140 to finish in 2.5 hours. This one went a total of 5 hours before the internal breast temp hit 165.
  • Get after it!

Notes

Notes
A beer can chicken stand helps a lot but not required if you can build a house of cards.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camp-Chef-Beer-Can-Chicken-Holder/7857645

Nutrition

Serving: 355g | Calories: 875kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 204mg | Sodium: 6815mg | Potassium: 699mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 10mg