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Saveur Magazine: 8 Essential BBQ Techniques from the Pros

Came across this article on Saveur.com which is an excellent resource for all things BBQ. When I saw that some of my mentors and those professional BBQ folks that I really appreciate handed out some great tips. tricks and techniques that they use to compete and create killer BBQ, we knew we had to share. Elizabeth Karmel taught me how to make Beer Can Chicken and we later upgraded to her Grill Friends Chicken Sitter that tip is included! Elizabeth introduced use to rub, brining, indirect cooking, slow smoking and just about all that we know about grilling. Amy Mills Tunnicliffe talks about Mopping and I learned a lot about low and slow from her and her father, Mike Mills in their book Peace, Love and Barbecue. One of my favorites is from Tuffy Stone about how get your chicken skin nice and crispy!  Best of all, really cool illustrations on how to! Check it out.

The Rub

8 Essential BBQ Techniques from the Pros

1. Mopping

2. Crisping Chicken Skin

3. Spraying With Apple Juice

4. Beer-Can Chicken

5. The Texas Crutch

6. The Rub

7. Adam Perry Lang’s Microplane

8. Brining/Injecting/Marinating

 

 

 

Grill Friends Chicken Sitter: A Convert!

Grill Friends Chicken Sitter Stand 5

Grill Friends Chicken Sitter Stand 5", aka Beer Can Chicken Sitter

Bill Mehlios is a pro and a close friend of BBQ Pro Shop. (Not to mention, a great customer too!) Bill of Chi-Town Smokers, inventor of Heads Red BBQ Sauce and a Grand Champion BBQ Pitmaster, tried the Grill Friends Chicken Sitter Stand and had rave reviews for the beer can chicken replacement! Bill found out what creator Elizabeth Karmel and BBQ Pro Shop have known for quite some time. Frankly, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Here is what Bill Mehlios had to say:

Wow! I’m sold…i could barely pick the bird up off the grill ..as moist as slow smoked pork..its resting now while the Greek sides cook..I did steal a piece of breast meat and like you say even though it was well past 160 its moist as hell. It also cooked quicker than normal as well.

I tried the beer can method in the past and was never impressed..but the sitter works quite well, Sure ..you can quote me. Another nice thing on the sitter is being porcelain it really cleans up well & fast. Next time im gonna try my Greek style chicken on the sitter..with some white wine and lemon!

Gretchen and I have been using the Grill Friends Chicken Sitter Stand as a replacement for Beer Can chicken for a long time.  We usually either brine the chicken overnight or just coat the chicken in olive oil (makes for a crispy skin), squeeze a fresh lemon all over the whole chicken, sprinkle on some Sarah’s Provencal Sea Salt, fill the chicken sitter with water or white while, place the chicken on the sitter  and throw it on our Gas Weber grill under indirect Heat (Medium-Off-Medium) or on our Primo Smoker when we want smokey, charcoal flavored chicken.  We find that in 30 to 45 minutes, you have juicy chicken, crispy on the outside, flavorful and tender on the outside.

We found that the porcelain base, conducts the heat up through the chicken and also boils the liquid inside the sitter so that you bring heat and cook the bird from the inside out. Surrounding the bird in dry heat. I used the chicken sitter in a competition cook and although you only serve the thighs, it makes for a great lunch and our chicken took 3rd out of 18 teams!