There are certain recipes I keep saving but never try. Beer Can Chicken was one of those recipes. Finally, I tried it and let me say, it was exceptional. I chose to use a pineapple ale to enhance the flavor of the chicken. I also opted to cook the chicken on the grill, but this recipe can easily be modified to work in the oven.
Rinse the chicken and pat it dry. A rub will be used on the chicken, so you will want it dry so all of the seasonings will have a chance to rub into the chicken.
Mix all of the spices together.
Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken. Half will be used inside the cavity of the chicken. The rest, rub under the skin of the chicken. For me, this is a two-person step. One person works the chicken and the other pours/sprinkles the spice mixture.
If your can has a removable label, go ahead and remove it here. The labels on cans can melt in the cooking process. We want only the can and the goodness of the beer on the chicken. Open the beer and drink about 1/2 cup. Some recipes said… wait for it… pour out about 1/2 cup.. what?? Go ahead and drink the beer. Now, that you have had a nice sip of beer, put the garlic cloves into the open can. Then place the chicken over the beer can.
Place the chicken standing up on to the grill. If you want to use your oven, see the alternative steps in the recipe below.
Cook until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees at the thickest part.
(recipe inspired by FoodNetwork.com and Guy Fieri)