Root Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

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.
root-beer-can-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyThe 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.

My Apple Ale beer can chicken, made on the Big Easy, is also crazy good.

For something different, try my beer can cabbage on the Big Easy. It’s different for sure!

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Root Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 1 chicken
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken 6-8 pounds
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Your favorite canned root beer

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  • Lightly brush the chicken with oil.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients except for the root beer. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mixture. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning onto the chicken.
  • Add reserved spice mixture to the root beer and insert into the chicken.
  • Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  • Cook for 15 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  • Let rest 15 minutes before removing the soda can and carving.

Maryland Pit Beef on the Char-Broil Big Easy

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.
Maryland Pit Beef on the Char-Broil Big EasyI 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.

You can cook darned near anything on the Big Easy. Also try my tasty tender pulled pork.

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Maryland Pit Beef on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 days
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 days 1 hour
Servings 8 -10 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the beef

  • 2 tablespoons seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 3 pound top round beef roast

For the sandwiches

Instructions

For the beef

  • Combine all of the spices.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy!

Smoked Cajun Chuck Roast

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.
Smoked Cajun Chuck RoastI 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.

Smoked Cajun Chuck Roast

Course Main
Cuisine Cajun
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 1 day 8 hours
Servings 6 -8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 3 pound chuck roast
  • Cajun seasoning I used my homemade version
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 sweet onion sliced thin
  • 1 red or green bell pepper seeded, sliced thin
  • 1 14 ounce can petite diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicory coffee regular flavorful coffee can be substituted
  • Cooked grits or rice for serving
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Rub the chuck roast generously with the Cajun seasoning. Get all sides and all the nooks and crannies. Place into a resealable container or baggie and refrigerate overnight.
  • Fire up your smoker for cooking at 250-275 F. Add a few chunks of light wood such as apple, cherry or peach. Alternatively, preheat your oven and skip to step 4.
  • Smoke the chuck roast for 2 hours.
  • Place the chuck roast in a large aluminum pan. Add the celery, onion, pepper, tomatoes, tomato paste, and coffee.
  • Cover in foil and smoke (or bake) for another 6 or more hours or until the meat easy pulls apart.
  • Carefully remove the chuck roast and shred. Return to the pan.
  • Serve over cooked grits or rice with the pan sauce over the top. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.