This week’s Swamp People episode contained a lot of good quotes, good information, and an old Mitchell family recipe and just in case you missed the show and are unable to watch it, here’s a basic overview.

First of all, the episode is called “Lightening Strikes” because the swampers face a thunderstorm, but hunt anyway because they have only nine days left in the hunting season. Bruce captures all of their attitudes by saying if they got struck by lightning, they wouldn’t know it anyway, so “it wouldn’t make any damn difference”.

David and Jeromy go to a remote channel that isn’t usually accessible, but because of the heavy rain, is that day. After a tiring struggle to catch a big 10-footer, Jeromy says “I almost messed in my britches”. Describing the hard rain, David remarks “It’s like a cow peeing on a flat rock” while Jeromy puts it this way, “That frigging rain is tearing my eyeballs up”. Later, these two get another twelve-and-a-half footer on a line, but they lose it and then proceed to get angry and blame each other for the loss.  They eventually start hitting each other with their hats and saying, “That hurts!” and we get another lovely quote from David: “Today, I don’t think he’s worth a pinch of dog poop”.  These guys have some very colorful language as I’m sure everyone would agree. Unfortunately, David and Jeromy were unable to catch the Beast of the East.

In this episode, we learned that gators love the smell of dogs (coyotes) and wild hog. We learned that wild hogs smell really bad even when they are alive – they just smell bad naturally. David and Jeromy explained about the coyotes and the Texans explained about the hogs. Why did the Texans have to go catch a wild hog? Because they were hunting with their special marsh marinade which they put it on chicken that is not rotten. Unfortunately for them, the rain washed away all of the marinade leaving them with un-stinky chicken hanging on their lines. Naturally, the gators weren’t interested in it. So they went on a wild hog hunt which looked pretty fun. They found one after a while, and after a few shots Bigfoot finally hit it. They used the liver as bait and took the rest of the meat home to freeze.

RJ and Jay Paul were also on this episode and they caught pretty many gators. There isn’t too much to say about them, but they did have a good day hunting in the rain and lighting. In fact, they believed that the bad weather would help them rather than hinder them. At the start of their hunting day, Jay Paul said that he was “sure that we’ll catch some good ones”. They didn’t catch any huge alligators, but they did catch pretty many smaller ones.

Toward end the show, we were treated to an old Mitchell family recipe called “Swinging Chicken”. Bruce was making the treat for Tyler (Bruce’s dog)  and also for Ron and family. Tyler fell out of the boat while Bruce and Ron were hunting and scared Bruce to death so they went home taking the rest of the day off. Anyway, here’s how Bruce tells how to make Swinging Chicken: “Get an old coffee can, put some charcoals in it and wrap basically anything you want up in tin foil, hang it up in a tree or whatever,  just let it swing and let it cook, and that’s a swinging chicken.” (Just in case it isn’t obvious, the charcoals have to be red hot).

It looked like it made a real tender chicken and might be something we’d want to have on one of our camping trips. If we ever caught a fish we could eat, we could have a swinging fish.

UPDATE: A lot of people are asking for cook time. Here is a good video called  “Coffee Can Chicken”: you can watch to hopefully help you feel a little bit more confident for your 1st Swinging Chicken. It takes 3 hours for a 3 lb chicken to cook. It’s lots of fun and tastes great. Good luck!

by John and Dink

  1. It does sound like a great thing for camping and we want to try it on one of our trips this summer. As far as how to do it, we have just read comments on Bruce’s fb, and if you read our 1st & 2nd replies above, you can get some answers. Thanks!

  2. Monica Metzger says:

    Good episode. Really interested to know about the swinging chicken. That’s a really cool way to do it..its a great thing for camping. How long does it take to cook a chicken? Are there holes in the can @ all? Any info would be appreciated.

  3. Lcr says:

    How long do you cook the swinging chicken?

    • Hi. This is from Bruce’s Facebook page:

      “Hi there everyone !
      The Mitchell Family has had hundreds of requests for Bruce’s “Swinging Chicken” recipe, we are currently working on it and we’ll let you know when we have it ready! Keep checking out our fb and website ( for updates. – thanks for being such a great fan and keep on watchin’!!!”

      Until they have Bruce’s recipe up, someone on Bruce’s facebook wrote some instructions which you can read in our reply to Chris above. Good luck with your swinging chicken and thanks for your question!

  4. Chris Robinson says:

    About how long do you cook the swinging chicken or do you just keep the internal temp. Thanks wanna try this.

    • You can go to Bruce’s facebook page where he is going to be posting his recipe soon. In the meantime, someone suggested this: “3 hours cooking time. Need to drills holes 1 inch from bottom of the can and 1 inch apart. Need about 18 hot briskets. Butter and season to taste first. Double wrap in heavy foil. Place in can legs up. Chicken should fall off the bone when done!”

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