Beer Can Chicken

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.

Step 1:

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.

beer can chicken

Step 2:

Mix all of the spices together.

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Step 3:

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.

beer can chicken

Step 4:

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.

beer can chicken

Step 5:

Place the chicken standing up on to the grill.  If you want to use your oven, see the alternative steps in the recipe below.

beer can chicken

Step 6:

Cook until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees at the thickest part.

beer can chicken

Print Recipe
Beer Can Chicken
A great way to prepare chicken on the grill or in the oven. The rub makes this chicken one of the best I've tried.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
Chicken
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
Chicken
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Mix the dry spices together in a small bowl
  3. Rub the inside cavity of the chicken with half of the spice mixture. Using your fingers separate the skin and rub the spice mixture on the meat of the chicken with the rest of the spice mixture.
  4. Open the beer and drink about 1/2 cup. Drop the smashed garlic cloves into the open beer can.
  5. Place chicken, open end down, over the open beer can.
  6. Place chicken, standing up onto the grill. You will want to use indirect heat with the lid on the grill. Cook until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees at the thickest part. Should take about an hour.
  7. If you would prefer to use your oven, place the chicken into a large pan, standing up. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes and then turn the oven down to 350 degrees. Bake for another hour or so until the internal temperature reached 165 degrees.

(recipe inspired by FoodNetwork.com and Guy Fieri)

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Beer Can Chicken

Print Recipe
Beer Can Chicken
A great way to prepare chicken on the grill or in the oven. The rub makes this chicken one of the best I've tried.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
Chicken
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
Chicken
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Mix the dry spices together in a small bowl
  3. Rub the inside cavity of the chicken with half of the spice mixture. Using your fingers separate the skin and rub the spice mixture on the meat of the chicken with the rest of the spice mixture.
  4. Open the beer and drink about 1/2 cup. Drop the smashed garlic cloves into the open beer can.
  5. Place chicken, open end down, over the open beer can.
  6. Place chicken, standing up onto the grill. You will want to use indirect heat with the lid on the grill. Cook until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees at the thickest part. Should take about an hour.
  7. If you would prefer to use your oven, place the chicken into a large pan, standing up. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes and then turn the oven down to 350 degrees. Bake for another hour or so until the internal temperature reached 165 degrees.

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