Step 1: Oil and Seasoning
Unwrap the hen(s) and place them down in a pan to comprise the mess whilst you season them up.
Step 2: Oil and Seasoning
Pour about 2 TBS of olive oil onto every hen and rub it throughout along with your palms or a basting brush. This creates a sticky floor that helps the seasoning to stay.
Apply a beneficiant quantity of Jeff’s authentic rub (Buy method right here | Buy bottled rub) then a layer of Jeff’s Texas model rub (Buy method right here | Buy bottled rub) for excellent outcomes.
After all, when you have one other rub or seasoning to attempt, that’ll work simply high-quality. Simply control the salt degree. If it has lots of salt you may have to make use of quite a bit lower than you’d since my very own rubs are very low in salt.
Step 3: Rooster on Turkey Hanger
I’ve a particular hook for the PBC that helps to hold a turkey within the barrel and it really works nice as you may see HERE. On this journey, I questioned if it will work to carry (2) chickens and it labored like a appeal.
Push the “T” all over each chickens then thread the hanging bar by way of the outlet to get it prepared to hold within the barrel.
Place the chickens with the hangar again right into a pan to get it prepared for hanging.
Step 4: Set Up Cooker
I’ve given extra particulars on the Pit Barrel Cooker setup HERE nonetheless suffice it to say it is so simple as filling the charcoal pan with charcoal then lighting a few of that charcoal in a chimney and pouring it again on high.
I additionally added in a couple of chunks of mesquite wooden for smoke. It’s also possible to sprinkle a handful of wooden chips proper on high of the charcoal when you want.
After the charcoal is prepared, change the bars into the holes on the high of the barrel and set the lid into place. This retains the warmth in verify till you’re prepared to hold the meat.
Step 5: Cook dinner Rooster
Go into the home and seize the ready hen.
Now you can take away the lid from the barrel and cling the “T” hanger with the hen throughout the hanging bars. Shortly change the lid and let the cooking start.
I used the Thermoworks Alerts probe to see what sort of temperature I used to be getting within the barrel though it is best to not fear concerning the temperature on this cooker. The entire level is to set it up and let it simply do what it is designed to do.
I simply occur to be a little bit of a management freak with my cooking temperatures.. I am attempting to get higher about that!
Test the temperature of the hen after the primary hour after which once more each half-hour till it has reached 165°F (74°C) within the thickest a part of the breast and thigh.
I did discover that the hen hanging closest to the coals cooked just a little quicker than the higher one however I didn’t take away the hen till each had reached temperature.
Step 6: End and Serve
By the two hour mark, the chickens had reached 165°F (74°C) and so they have been able to take away.
Step 7: Carve and Serve
Convey the chickens into the home and carve them up for serving.
This is a bit of the breast meat to indicate you ways juicy it was!
Utilizing a Completely different Cooker/Smoker
To comply with these directions utilizing a special cooker or smoker, simply crank up the warmth to a warmth degree of 275°F (135°C) to 300°F (149°C) and control the inner temperature.