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jacobsdad

Coffee Can Chicken

1 whole chicken (no more than 3 1/2 lbs)
butter
salt
pepper
heavy duty aluminum foil

Punch or drill holes in gallon size tin can 1 inch up from the bottom and spaced 1 inch apart around the can. Place 18 briquettes (no more no less) in the bottom of the can and light. (The can gets hot enough to burn the grass below it so be very careful where you place the can.) Rub chicken with butter and season as you like. Wrap chicken with heavy aluminum foil twice. (First in the side to side direction and then from bottom to top. Make sure foil closing point is on the top of the chicken.) Once charcoal has turned white, place the chicken into the can with the legs facing the top of the can. It's perfectly fine if the chicken sticks out of the can. Leave the can and chicken sit for 3 hours. When 3 hours has past you can remove the chicken from the can and when you open the foil the chicken will be fall off the bone tender, juicy and delicious.

Brian

 P.S. My favorite Coleman are still my 3-burners

" I checked into the Hokey Pokey Clinic and I turned myself around"
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bullof7battles
Awesome! So I was right when I told someone that I can make a grill outta just about anything... I'm thinking of washing up an old saurkraut can, stuffing a chicken with red-skinned praties, garlic cloves and rosemary...
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Gasman64
            
Mmmmmmm!  Neat idea, Brian! So, when I come to pick up that stove, perhaps I could call you about three hours in advance, so you can get the chickens going? LOL!  I'll bring Turkey Hill beverages...
(Dang it, I can't use my #10 cans, they're for my old globes!)
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jacobsdad

I have a few extra cans here. I ran across this "recipe" a few years ago. I sometimes make them at work for lunch. Get it started and walk away. MMMMMM!!

Brian

 P.S. My favorite Coleman are still my 3-burners

" I checked into the Hokey Pokey Clinic and I turned myself around"
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drkillemquick
I am going to have to try that!!!!!
Donnie
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jacobsdad

Steve. I have a can ready to go for you. I'll give it to you when we meet about the stove.

Brian

 P.S. My favorite Coleman are still my 3-burners

" I checked into the Hokey Pokey Clinic and I turned myself around"
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Gasman64

Brian, that is so nice of you!  I'm going to try a "coffee can" chicken soon.

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curtludwig
Love it! I'm the head cook for a Mercedes folks gathering and I'm always looking for something new to try. I think this year I'll try a couple of these guys.

Of course I'll have to make a couple practice runs in advance!

Curt

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Scouterjan
that works great, but put more holes in the can, and use wadded up balls of newspaper in layers around the briquettes, do not use that stinky lighter fluid
Jan

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gijills

I made one over last weekend and it was great it had to be the most moist chicken I have ever had. It fell apart taking it out of te foil. My Daughter said it was better than her Mom's chicken. But she did swear me to secerecy. should have taken pics.

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LakeGeorge
I've made three now. They are great!

Some tips;

make sure the coals are going good.

Make sure foil does not leak. Listen and feel the foil. If it is boiling, it's doing good. If you hear dripping, it is leaking. Add another layer of foil.

I've had trouble finding chickens under 3.5 pounds. Walmart sometimes has them.


Delicious. We are hooked.

Gary Coleman, I am.
I.C.C.C. #1035
11th Annual East Coast Coleman Convention, June 5-9, 2019. Gettysburg, PA
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LakeGeorge
Also, you don't really need to add anything to the chicken.

Skip the butter and salt. Unhealthy.

Pepper? Okay.

I tried smoke flavoring sauce. Okay.

The chicken will cook in it's own delicious juices.

Add nothing, it's great by itself.

Gary Coleman, I am.
I.C.C.C. #1035
11th Annual East Coast Coleman Convention, June 5-9, 2019. Gettysburg, PA
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SteveRetherford

i have picked up a few of these cans and punched the holes just havent fired em up yet , but i plan to . just looks like fun to me . i like set the timer and walk away cooking .

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Gasman64
Well, I finally tried it, with a can and briquettes graciously provided by jacobsdad;
delicious!!
     I used a "Lawry" brand marinade called "Caribbean Jerk," which contains, among other things, papaya juice, lime juice, herbs and spices.  I left the chicken in the can almost 3 1/2 hours, and the bottom still didn't burn.  I shouldn't have waited so long to try this! Thanks again, Brian!
 
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sourgasjohn
I tried it too,you wouldn't think 17 briquettes could stay hot enough for three hours of cooking but they do,Next time I'll add a little more time to the cooking for more tenderness as I still had coals left.I will season the bird a little more also.It works and it's fun.
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idahobag
Made the coffee can chicken today.  Couldn't find any 3.5 lbs chickens so I went with two around 4.3 - 4.5 lbs.   Wrapped up tight with twine and they fit fine.

3 hours later, birds were fall-off-the-bone great.  Only improvement would be to use more seasoning (salt) next time.

Great idea, this was a lot of fun.

PS - I only had two coffee cans and wanted to do another foil packet of potato's and carrots.  So I put 20 briquettes in the charcoal starter chimney and put the veggies in the chimney.  Worked great.  Next time, I'm going to experiment with a larger chicken in the chimney.
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jacobsdad

Someone stole my can. I've been using the same can for about 6 years. I cleaned it up yesterday to make a chicken today and my can is gone. Curse you thief.

Brian

 P.S. My favorite Coleman are still my 3-burners

" I checked into the Hokey Pokey Clinic and I turned myself around"
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campinut
I tried this method the other day and I am glad I read the other post about seasoning the chicken first. I bought 2 packages of marinade that you mix with water and a little oil and marinaded for a day. It turned out awesome and the white meat was very juicy too! My sister-n-law works at a school cafeteria and getting these cans are easy peasy. If you try to make foil packs in these cans do not roll up in skinny pouches, make pouches that are the diameter of can (like a Hershey kiss) They do not cook evenly if rolled in skinny long pouches, and use heavy duty foil also. Just my take...campinut...
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LakeGeorge wrote:
I've made three now. They are great!

Some tips;

make sure the coals are going good.


Right on the money with the TIP - coals need to be going before putting the chicken in, perfected it on my second pass although the 1st one was good enough. Also enlarged the holes to let more air!!!

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danduhman

OK y'all got me thinking ,if this method works so well i am wondering if you could scale it up and go to a 5 gal bucket and do a turkey or if the cook time would have to be extended? What do y'all think?

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jacobsdad

Google "garbage can turkey"

Brian

 P.S. My favorite Coleman are still my 3-burners

" I checked into the Hokey Pokey Clinic and I turned myself around"
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wsryno
Okay, finally got around to coffee can chicken and IT WORKS GREAT! Used a 3 1/2 lb bird cause that's the smallest one I could find, with 18 briquettes, basted with Kitchen Bouquet, and it was perfectly done in 3 hours. It was falling off the bone, but the best thing is I think it could have easily gone for another hour or maybe even two without burning. So this would be the perfect meal for camping. Start the bird right after lunch, then by the time you are ready for supper it's done. Of course I had to cook some corn and beans from the garden.





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ColemanCutie

Yum! Thanks for the tips. Can't wait to try it. We'll post pictures of our first coffee can chicken.

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LoidaHemsworth
Yum! The only problem is that it takes some time to cook. Well, at least I won't need some short term loans to buy spices that aren't available in some markets. Thanks!


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idahobag

I tried the coffee can cooker with beef short ribs marinated with Yoshida BBQ sauce.  The whole neiborhood could smell them cooking and they were fall of the bone great.

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BostonTerrierMan
I tried this in the summer while camping, set it all up with a nice basil- rosemary season salt rub, got ready for a nice hike with the wife and dogs, got back after a couple of hours and started the potatoes and other veggies, the timing was incredible.  chicken was cook tender and moist and all 4 of us ate like kings.

Thanks for the recipe, will be using this technique for many types of meat in the future. 

some tips:
make sure the holes are not blocked so air can get into the coals, let the chicken stand for a bit before cutting into it. and don't leave your beer next to the can... terrible to drink warm beer.... that's all


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schalmat
wonder if it would work  flipped over,seasoned outside,and about a1/2 can of sam adams  winter blend lager shoved into the cavity in it? does the direction thats in the can first make a difference?
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gijills

Feet up don't kow about the Lager but then you would probally want to google beer can chicken

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ctp51

WOW,just tried this for the 1st time,can't believe how moist and tender it turned out.Next time I'll try injecting with cajun butter seasoning for a little more spice.

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jacobsdad

Just a note of caution. When the weather is cool/cold you will need to protect the can from the wind. It tends to take the heat away and leaves the chicken undercooked. When that happens I throw it in the microwave to finish it off. Same flavor.

Brian

 P.S. My favorite Coleman are still my 3-burners

" I checked into the Hokey Pokey Clinic and I turned myself around"
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LakeGeorge
It's summer time again!

I need to do this chicken again.

Mmmmmmmmmmm.

Gary Coleman, I am.
I.C.C.C. #1035
11th Annual East Coast Coleman Convention, June 5-9, 2019. Gettysburg, PA
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bing

going to give this a try!

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JollyColeman
I cooked one on a camping trip back in November.  Most excellent viddles for the great outdoors!  I may need to do another sometime soon.  That would make an excellent Sunday dinner.  Put the chicken on before we leave for church, come home to a delicious chicken dinner!

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pogobratt

I can't wait to give this a try with my grandsons,  they  love primitive outdoor cooking and this will be right up all our alleys.   Not to mention it looks absolutely delicious and could be used on any kind of meat.   Thanks for sharing this.

Steve

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bing
Well, having to use up a whole lot of tomatoes after opening a #10 can of tomatoes.
Going to do this tomorrow. 
I think the can will live in my camper from now on.  I already have aluminum foil and charcoal in the camper.

These size cans also work good for heaters when placed over a burner.
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Viktor
Ok. This is definitely a "Hafta Try". 
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bing
THe chicken has entered the can!! 

I just used some Montreal chicken seasoning.  I thought about throwing some dumplings or rice in the body cavity,,,but figured I would try it straight up the 1st go around.  Some chopped onions and carrots sounded tempting too.  Next time!

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bing
It barely fit in the can!  Mr Cordrey's Splatter Shield came in handy as a wind block!



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Bricklayer
 is it done yet?


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bing

Bricklayer wrote:
 is it done yet?


Ben

Whenever I have the smoker going, people always ask me that same question.  Only answer I've ever given is, "about another hour".
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bing
Next time, I will be sure to file the sharp edge left by the can opener. I used 15 briquettes and cooked 3 hours. Next time, I'll use 13 ad go 2.5 hours.
It was juicy and the bird fell apart.

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Bricklayer
That looks delicious!


Ben
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jeepfreek
So, instead of using briquettes, could you just set this in the coals of your campfire or even on the top of a Coleman 500A? How about a turkey in a turkey fryer, just wrapped up with some good spices and without the oil? I think the results would be the same as the briquettes, and you wouldn't need the air holes. You could also wrap up chicken pieces like the drums and thighs, or maybe use a buffalo wing recipe and do up wings this way. You wouldn't need 3 hours do do wings.
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bing
jeepfreek wrote:
So, instead of using briquettes, could you just set this in the coals of your campfire or even on the top of a Coleman 500A? How about a turkey in a turkey fryer, just wrapped up with some good spices and without the oil? I think the results would be the same as the briquettes, and you wouldn't need the air holes. You could also wrap up chicken pieces like the drums and thighs, or maybe use a buffalo wing recipe and do up wings this way. You wouldn't need 3 hours do do wings.


I guess the only way to find out is to give it a try.

A few things I noticed while cooking in the can with briquettes was that the bird once wrapped in foil pretty much completely filled the can to all sides. The only place where the bird/foil was not tight to the can was at the flat spot on the breast plate. This little gap seemed to make a perfect little chimney that just about matched the amount of space made by the holes i drilled. THis allowed the briquettes to burn slow and they probably would have lasted 6 hours if I left the bird in there.
The sealed foil and juice/steam is pretty much what cooked the bird.

I think you could probably place the foil wrapped bird over any low controlled heat source and get the same results. The can is what enabled the briquettes to burn slowly and from there the bird just cooked in its own juices.
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weasel
jeepfreek wrote:
So, instead of using briquettes, could you just set this in the coals of your campfire or even on the top of a Coleman 500A? How about a turkey in a turkey fryer, just wrapped up with some good spices and without the oil? I think the results would be the same as the briquettes, and you wouldn't need the air holes. You could also wrap up chicken pieces like the drums and thighs, or maybe use a buffalo wing recipe and do up wings this way. You wouldn't need 3 hours do do wings.
I have cooked chicken like this while I had the fire going (small one).  Lots of bbq sauce and double wrap the chicken in tinfoil.  Turn over lots.  30 min and done.  Coals should work the same as briquettes, but I would think you'd have more heat with a coffee can.   Might have to bury the chicken a bit.
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weasel
Had this keg for a couple of years. Now I know what to do with it!


Now I need some charcoal and something to cook ...
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weasel
Operation beer keg chicken is underway !
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weasel


Turned out pretty good.  Going to have to learn to wrap it better.  I had some juice loss and I think that is why it was slightly dry.   Should have had a bigger bird for my can too.  Just enough left for a chicken sandwich tomorrow and that's it !
Derek.

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