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    Cross post question about Beer Can Chicken in Weber Gasser

    Hi all, I posted this in the Grilling Forum and someone suggested I cross-post it here. I have an old Weber Genesis Silver 2-burner that's probably 15 years old or so. One of my favorite things to do is beer can chicken. I sometimes had a problem because if I got too big of a bird, the top of the grill cover would contact the bird when I tried to close it. It was "OK" but I wouldn't want any less vertical space in my cooking area than what I have on that grill. For Christmas, I got a new Weber Spirit E-310. It's great because it has 3-burners and it was really hard to get indirect heat to work well on the older 2-burner. But I'm wondering if the vertical height from the grills to the inside bottom of the cover is less than what I have on my old model? The new unit is still in the sealed box, because I can return it and get a different model if I want. There are only 2 of us and my place is small so I don't really need a big grill. It looks like this unit would work for me as long as there is decent vertical space inside the cooking area. Can anyone tell me if they are able to do beer can chicken in this model? BTW, it's a 2017 model, not the 2018. Thanks in advance for your input. Jim

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    Sorry I don't know the specs on that grill. Couldn't you look at an assembled one in a big box store like Lowes? I would take a tape measure to it and compare it to your old grill.....

    Beyond that you can always spatchcock your chicken. To me that works better than the beer can method and doesn't require much vertical height.

    My best friend has a spirit 2 burner model. He loves his.

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    I gave away all my beer can chicken holders. Tried REALLY tried to like them and determine if they did anything. Sadly they don't. Bottom line is if you got that can hot enough to actually "steam" your bird from the inside the outside would incinerate. I honestly thought it was just a waste of a beer

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    Yah, but it sounds like fun and everyone gets to sit around the table saying how great it is, because they want it to be.

    Just put a good rub on the chicken and lay it down on the grill and you will be just as well or better off. Better yet, rotisserie it.
    Grills and guns are a lot alike. While one would usually suffice and you can only use one a time, each grill/gun is better in certain situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg M View Post
    Sorry I don't know the specs on that grill. Couldn't you look at an assembled one in a big box store like Lowes? I would take a tape measure to it and compare it to your old grill.....
    Yeah, that's the next step if no one knows for sure. I suspect I might have trouble finding a 2017 model. Usually they start getting the new models in for the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMichaels View Post
    I gave away all my beer can chicken holders. Tried REALLY tried to like them and determine if they did anything. Sadly they don't. Bottom line is if you got that can hot enough to actually "steam" your bird from the inside the outside would incinerate. I honestly thought it was just a waste of a beer
    I tend to use Coke instead of beer. I have no idea if steaming actually happens or not. But I can say I have had good luck getting moist birds that weren't overdone or dried out at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce View Post
    Yah, but it sounds like fun and everyone gets to sit around the table saying how great it is, because they want it to be. Just put a good rub on the chicken and lay it down on the grill and you will be just as well or better off. Better yet, rotisserie it.
    When I do beer can, I do put rub on the outside as well as between the skin and breast meat. I have done it Spatchcocked as well as in pieces and that comes out good too.

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    The scientific theory is that the bird acts as a gigantic beer coozy. This prevents the beer from ever boiling. Water boils at 212 F. So does beer, basically. What I think people like about beer can chicken is that it's awesome to say and you do avoid overcooking the INSIDE of the bird. The outside cooks just like normal, but with the liquid in the center of the bird you are actually slowing the cooking of the chicken meat on the inside. This probably contributes to tender meat, simply because it's not overcooked! It's an interesting topic, but there is no chance that beer evaporates and penetrates the chicken. Maybe a little ethanol, but not much water ... take the temperature of the beer after you cook one to see!

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    Beer can chicken is like religion. You aren't going to convince anyone that it's not great, and if you do, they look at you like you slapped them in the face. I had some friends that tried beer can turkey one time using a one of those big cans of fosters. It turned out great, but when they were removing the turkey the near boiling beer spilled all down my friends arm causing 2nd degree burns.
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    Yah, just like "Beer Batter" on fish. Or a little wine in a recipe. If you tell someone it has a little "alcohol" in it, you are golden. Does it taste good or just sound good?

    My opinion is, cook the chicken with a good grill and rub recipe and save the beer to wash it down when you eat it. But, to each his own.
    Grills and guns are a lot alike. While one would usually suffice and you can only use one a time, each grill/gun is better in certain situations.

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