Weber 6408 Style Poultry Roaster (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Poultry roaster for making beer can chicken and other grill-top recipes
- Aluminum tray holds beer, wine, fruit juice, or other flavoring agent
- Cone-shaped infuser holds chicken or turkey over tray while grilling
- Cooks faster than ordinary roasting
- Nonstick surface cleans quickly and easily
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The idea is that you add beer to the container below the spikey thing, and also to the pan area. Fruit juice or any likeable liquid also works very well. So, you can finish off the beer and find something in the fridge that will work just as well. I also add garlic and some rosemary because we have a big bush of it outside the door.
You just slide the chicken on and put the little plug in the other end to trap the steam. Steam must be the secret because otherwise it is just heat like in any oven.
My wife makes a rub with some flour, cornmeal, red pepper, salt, garlic powder and onion powder in variable ratios. Rub some oil on the chicken and then the rub. It comes out very crispy on the outside and amazingly tender on the inside.
I use those Weber coal retainers that keep the coals to the sides of the kettle so there is a place in the middle for the chicken roaster. Keep the coals clear to the sides. If you use a chimney charcoal starter, filling it up will give you more than enough coals. The spikey thing rotates easily, so just give it a 1/4 turn every 15 minutes and you will find it is done in an hour at most.
Using it in an oven would work well also. You wouldn't have to rotate it. I would suggest a high enough heat to make the dry rub work.
This is not a cheap item, but is very much worth it because of the results, no nearly good enough alternative and it is so well made that it should pretty much last forever. It will be on Antique's Roadshow some day, so don't lose the plug.
This is easily the best 'beer can' chicken roaster on the market, but if you're not using it during the off months in the oven, you're missing out!
The roaster is very stable, the liquid well is a little small, but I've had good luck with it. I fill the reservoir about halfway when I use beer because it will foam up when the spices are added. Be sure to use the plug provided in the neck opening, it helps to keep the bird moist. I have used a 6 pound bird with this roaster and it wasn't the least bit wobbly. I use it almost exclusively in the oven, even though it works very well on the grill. The bird will not stick to this roaster, not even a little, which is great when you're trying to lift a hot bird. It slides right off.
I use beer, wine or sometimes just broth in the holder, either my own rub mix or when I'm really feeling lazy, Tony's Cajun Seasoning.
Preheat the oven to 375* and roast for about an hour for a medium bird. The chicken comes out really moist and the skin is crispy and luscious. I rotate it 90* about halfway through the cooking time to achieve even browning.
This is my go-to method for cooking chicken. Friends are amazed at how wonderful and moist a chicken can be. We almost fight over the skin.
Tip: Dry the chicken with paper toweling before seasoning, that will help the skin crisp up. If you have the time, leave the seasoned bird in the fridge, uncovered, for a few hours to let it dry out more. Drier=Crispier skin.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want to BBQ awesome, crispy golden chicken on your Q, this is the way you want to do it. I have this discontinued model and it's newer replacement model. Read morePublished 2 days ago by CalHunter
An efficient and easy to use and clean item. Works great for a beer can or just to roast a chicken in the grill.Published 3 months ago by renaissancewoman
It's too bad that they discontinued this model. It's far superior to its successor.Published 9 months ago by SHW
The best "beer can" roaster I've ever had,I'm suprised that Weber discontinued it,it's heavy duty aluminum and I've yet to have an undercooked chicken come off it.Published 9 months ago by Jerry Nagy
This is my second roaster. My old one was about 10 years old and I used it often. This way of baking a chicken is so inventive. The cooked chicken is extremely tasty and juicy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Selective Lady
This is my second one so that I can grill two chickens at the same time. Works perfectly.Published 11 months ago by M. Salman