The Char-Broil Big Easy does a phenomenal job cooking poultry. You don’t even have to get all fancy with it, but sometimes I like to do a little extra and make a beer (or soda) can version of my favorite whole roasted chickens. This root beer can chicken came out fantastic. I used a slightly spicy but simple rub, and a good canned root beer. Moist and tender meat with great flavor. I couldn’t have been happier. The flavor from the root beer is subtle, but there. Use a quality root beer. If you can’t find one in a can, just empty (er… drink) a can of soda or beer and add the good root beer in.
There’s nothing complicated about cooking a whole chicken on the Big Easy. You can pretty much count on it taking 15 minutes per pound unless it’s really windy out. Of course you’ll still want to poke it with an instant-read thermometer to make sure it gets about 165 F, but I’ve cooked probably 50 chickens on my Big Easy and counting on 15 minutes per pound has never failed me.
Not too long ago I made a Maryland-style pit beef on my smoker. It came out fantastic, but left me wanting to try the same idea again, but make it easier. And when I think easy, I think about my Char-Broil Big Easy. So off I went, and let me tell you, this Maryland pit beef is fantastic. The flavor is just insane. The meat is so tender and juicy, with just a bit of a nice crust. Perfect on a sandwich.
The Big Easy cooks high-and-fast, and you want this Maryland pit beef to come off rare, so keep an eye on it. I went about 5 degrees further than I wanted, but I was still absolutely thrilled with the results. I made simple sandwiches from this beef after slicing it thin. Just a bit of Sriracha horseradish sauce and that’s it. That’s all it needed. The beef has such great flavor that I didn’t want to hide it with onion or lettuce or tomato… or anything.
Sprinkle all sides of the beef with 3-4 tablespoons of the rub. Don't be shy with it.
Wrap the beef tightly in foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days, turning every 12 hours. The longer, the more flavor.
Fire up your Big Easy.
Remove the roast from foil and place into the Big Easy basket. Lower into the cooker and cook until the center reaches 125 F for rare, about 45 minutes. It's easy to over-cook the beef, so start checking the temperature after 30 minutes.
Remove from the cooker and let rest 10 minutes before slicing thin.
For the sandwiches
Toast buns, if desired
Slather buns with the sauce.
Add plenty of onion then mound up the thinly-sliced beef.
Incredible. Absolutely incredible. That’s all I can keep saying when I think back to this smoked Cajun chuck roast. The flavors were so good, so rich and fantastic. Spicy Cajun seasoning (I love our homemade mix, I use it in practically everything), beef, tomato, peppers, onions and garlic, with just a hint of chicory coffee. The meat is fall-apart tender and was so easy to shred. And oh how juicy. I served this smoked Cajun chuck roast over grits, but rice would do just as well. There’s plenty of flavorful sauce for spooning over the meat, so don’t be shy with it.
You don’t actually have to make this dish on a smoker. You can skip that part and make it in the oven and still enjoy a fantastic meal.
I’ve made smoked chuck roast before, but in a slightly different manner. Both are outstandingly good and a great way to use a cheaper (than brisket) cut of meat.
I’m a big fan of Famous Dave’s. I didn’t think I would be. I love my local BBQ joints, so I was skeptical of a big national chain, no matter how much I think Dave is a nice guy. Well, I’m not skeptical any more. Everything I’ve ever ordered there has been fantastic and the service has always been friendly. I highly recommend you stop in and get you some ribs (or pulled pork, or brisket, or country-roasted chicken) and don’t pass up on the wonderful sides. They have some of the best sides I’ve ever had at a BBQ joint. And, since I’m also a big fan of my Char-Broil Big Easy, I could not pass up making a copycat version of Famous Dave’s country-roasted chicken.
I took bone-in split chicken breasts, marinated them overnight and then tossed them into a lit Big Easy until done. The result was tender, juicy, and oh so very flavorful. And nothing could be easier to make. I left the skin on the chicken, but you can remove it before marinating and applying the rub if you wish.