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Unread 01-22-2013, 10:19 AM   #1
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I have a OTS 22" kettle and after reading all the reviews thought I would try beer can chicken but without the beer can. Found a rack that would hold the chicken upright but it wont clear the lid. I had a pretty small chicken (2.3 lbs) and I did get it to clear the lid by pushing the chicken down as far as I could on the holder. The chicken was great but I was wondering if anybody has the same problem and what to do about it in the future?
I used the side pockets for the charcoal and cooked at between 375 and 425 degrees. Can I take the top rack out and put the chicken holder on the charcoal rack? Will this do the job?
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Unread 01-22-2013, 11:06 AM   #2
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I have the weber rotisserie ring. When I do beer can chikin I would just put the ring on and have plenty of room. I think I actually did a beer can turkey that way once.
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Do the holes for the rotisserie cause a problem allowing too much air in?
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I did a beer can chicken on my kettle. I had to move it more to the middle. Here's a picture. It turned out great. I blackened it, which is what you're seeing in the picture, not burnt:

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Do the holes for the rotisserie cause a problem allowing too much air in?
No. You could block the holes with foil.
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Try doing a spatchcock chicken. Essentially the same thing as what you did, but more efficient and with more even cooking.
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I second tb80....SPATCHCOCK

Cut the backbone out and lay it flat....works like a charm.

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I swear by the spatchcock cooking method and usually throw a brick or weight on top for part of the time. I have not tried doing a beer can chicken but its high on my list of things to give a try.
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Would it work as well to split the chicken in half?
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Would it work as well to split the chicken in half?

If you mean would it work as well as spatchcocking a bird, I would say yes, not much difference there.
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I'll third spatchcocking instead of beer can. A good-sized spatchcocked chicken will be done in about 45 minutes. That said, for space reasons, or to impress guests, I will sometimes still do beer can chickens. I've never had an issue fitting one on the 22.5" OTG. If it is a problem for you, bank coals on either side and put the chicken in the middle of the grill where the dome has the highest clearance.
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I noticed the skin was crunchy on the beer can chicken. Cooked it between 375 and 400 degrees. Wife really liked it. Can I get the skin that crunchy if I split it and lay it flat on the grill?
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I noticed the skin was crunchy on the beer can chicken. Cooked it between 375 and 400 degrees. Wife really liked it. Can I get the skin that crunchy if I split it and lay it flat on the grill?
Yep. If you cook at that temp again I would say for sure. Now quit skitzin and go spatch a chicken. If it doesn't work out you have earned the right to call us idiots. Worse case you still have chicken for dinner. My money's on you scrapping that whole beer can thing. :thumbup:
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Hi Chilidog, I don't know the height of your cover, but this holder I have is just under 8 inches. The narrow upper neck allows passage through the upper neck of the chicken and the whole chicken sits below the top of the holder... I love it.....



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I think my problem is my holder is too big around and cant get the chicken to slide down far enough to clear the lid. If I push it down as far as I can the ends of the drumsticks are barely touching the bottom vertically. Some of the pictures I have seen the chicken goes down far enough that the drumsticks are almost horizonal with the grill.
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