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Beer Can Chicken on the Grill!!!
How To Cook Beer Can Chicken
Celebrate the coming of warm weather - have your friends over for a Beer Can Chicken BBQ!!! It's easy to make and Oh So Good. Your friends will think you're a Master of the Grill:). What are you waiting for? Pick up a nice plump fryer, a 12 pack of Steel Reserve, fire up that grill, and call your friends. They'll be amazed at your sheer brilliance and originality - guaranteed!!!
Grilling Is the Only Way
Don't be tempted to cook this in an oven...
Some people like to use an oven for this, but I think it tastes a lot better cooked on the grill. Cooking Beer Can Chicken on a grill is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and also happens to be the best way to grill chicken. The skin is nice and crispy and the meat is so tender that it almost falls off the bones. If you've never tried beer can chicken before, you're in for a real treat. Besides being delicious, it's really easy to make and you can impress all your friends with your "advanced grilling skills." Just don't let them watch you cook or they'll know how easy it is...
- Prep time: 15 min
- Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
- Ready in: 1 hour 45 min
- Yields: 4
- 1 Chicken
- Beer can chicken rub
- 1 six pack of your favorite beer
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp dried rosemary leaves
- 1 Tbsp tried thyme
- 1. Prep the beer
- 2. Prep the grill
- 3. Make the Beer Can Chicken Rub
- 4. Prep the chicken
- 5. Cook the chicken
- 6. Eat the chicken
- It really is that simple to make Beer Can Chicken on the grill!
Beer Can Chicken Stand - Makes cooking soooooooooo much easier...
Some people cook Beer Can Chicken without a holder for the beer can but it's a lot easier with a proper beer can chicken stand, especially if it took you several attempts to get a correctly prepped beer. The stand will stabilize the beer can and prevent the weight of the chicken from making it tip over and ruining the whole recipe. You don't need to fret, the stands are cheap and you can easily find them at grocery stores, hardware stores, Amazon, etc. I've looked at 3 different ones (bought from Amazon) and they're all OK. Here's my thoughts on the ones I looked at:
The Steven Raichlin Beer Can Chicken Rack is gorgeous. It's made from highly polished stainless steel, it has a built in drip pan, and there is even a cover for the beer can to help prevent the beer from sloshing out in the event of an earthquake. Unfortunately, the built in drip pan is a little on the small side. Nevertheless it gets good reviews, so it's worth checking out...
The Old Smokey Beer Can Chicken Holder is my favorite - simple and cheap, just like me. It has a wide base that gives excellent stability and it's constructed from stainless steel. It doesn't have a built in drip pan, so you'll have to provide your own - not a big deal. This is the beer can chicken stand that I personally use...
The Double Chicken Campfire Cooker Beer Can Chicken Grill is actually designed for cooking over a campfire, not on a grill. Since it's illegal to make a campfire in my back yard and this rack is too big to fit on my grill, I wasn't actually able to try this one. It does hold two chickens though, so if you like to cook over a camp fire or have a big enough grill, you might be interested in this...
Prepping the Beer
The key to making great beer can chicken is the beer...
Open 1 of the cans of beer and drink half. It is absolutely critical that you leave exactly 6 oz of beer in the can, so if you accidentally drink more than half, go ahead and finish it and try again with another can of beer. Just make sure you get it correct by the 3rd can because you'll need the rest of the beer for later. After you have successfully created an exactly half full beer let it set out and warm to room temperature.
Prepping the Grill - Grilling with indirect heat...
In order to properly cook beer can chicken on the grill you need to use a technique known as indirect heat cooking. Cooking with indirect heat allows the meat to cook slower, giving the flavors from the beer and seasoning rub to infuse the meat. Setting up your grill for indirect heat is automatic with this recipe - the metal pan you set the chicken in separates the meat from the direct heat of the charcoal. If you insist on trying this without the pan, you'll need to keep the charcoal on one side of the grill and place the chicken on the other side. If you'd like a more detailed explanation, check out a book on advanced grilling techniques like . Weber's Way to Grill
Prepping the Chicken
This is the fun part...
Remove the neck, gizzard, heart, and anything else that might be in the body cavity. Rinse the chicken inside and out and pat dry. Crush the rosemary leaves and thyme and mix together (this results in something known as "Beer Can Chicken rub" and practically warrants its own recipe page). Brush the olive oil all over the outside of the chicken, then sprinkle salt all over the chicken - inside and out. Sprinkle the outside of the chicken with the Beer Can Chicken Rub and pat it into the skin. We're half way there...
Easy Beer Can Chicken Rub Recipe - Best to keep it simple, like the rest of the recipe...
The subject of Beer Can Chicken rub could easily take up an entire web page of its own, but I like to keep thinks simple so my rub recipe sticks to... simplicity.
- Prep time: 10 min
- Ready in: 10 min
- Yields: 1 Chicken
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemarry leaves
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 -1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried ground sage
- Crush the rosemary leaves (if you don't have a mortar and pestle, a spoon and bowl work OK). Mix with the other ingredients. Rub all over the chicken and be happy:)
Cooking With Beer - Beer makes it better...
Cooking the Chicken
How to cook beer can chicken on the grill...
Place the beer can chicken stand (if you can't find one locally, order one from Amazon) into a square metal pan, then put the half beer into the holder (if you accidentally drank all the beer send someone to the store for more). If you're using the you may not need a separate pan. Lower the back end of the chicken over the beer can so it's sitting upright with the can in its... ahem... cavity. Place the whole assembly on the grill, put on the cover, and find something to do for about an hour (hint... you should have at least 3 beers left over from step one). Steven Raichlen Stainless Steel Beer Can Chicken Rack with Drip Pan
Eating the Chicken
The whole point of this little exercise...
Now that the chicken is cooked you're in for a real treat. Beer can chicken is delicious. The skin is nice and crispy, with most of the fat melted away by the slow cooking process. The meat is tender - so tender it almost falls off the bones - and very flavorful. So sit back and share a delicious meal with your family or friends. Bask in the glow of the praise they will heap on you for being such an excellent grill master. Oh, and don't let them know how easy it actually was to make.
Frequently Ask Questions - You've got questions about Beer Can Chicken, I've got answers...
- What is the best beer for Beer Can Chicken? Steel Reserve
- What is the best Beer Can Chicken holder? I like the Old Smokey Beer Can Chicken Holder
- Were any chickens harmed in the production of this page? No
- What is more important, the chicken or the beer? The beer. Hello....
- Which came first, the chicken or the egg? How the heck would I know?