Recipes don’t get much easier or more delicious than this. Beer, chicken, and a dry rub. Put it on the grill and walk away. Ok, there is a little more to it than that, but I’m telling you, this is going to be a summer staple in your house. Fire up your grill, grab your favorite spices, crack open a beer, and let’s get grilling!
Beer Can Chicken
Serves 6-8 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 90-120 minutes
1 12oz beer, in a can. Not a tall boy!
1 Whole Chicken
¼ Cup of your favorite dry rub
Turn on your far left and far right burner of your propane grill. If you’re using charcoal that’s fine, but you’ll need to have two separate piles of coals so that you aren’t cooking directly over the flame. Rinse and pat dry your chicken. Generously add the dry rub all over your chicken. Full disclosure my dry rub varies from getting creative with spices in my cabinet, to using a prepackaged rub from the store. Pictured here is salt, pepper, cayenne, cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and cinnamon. Get creative here, don’t be scared of messing up the flavors. And if you prefer grab a container of “grill mate” and use that. Cover every portion of the chicken. Massage the rub into the skin, and even inside the cavity. Take the seasoned chicken and a beer out to the grill.
Open the beer and place in the middle of your grill away from direct heat. Put the large opening on the bottom of the chicken directly onto the open beer can. You might need to use the chicken legs to help balance the bird on the grill. Close the lid and walk away. Every pound of your chicken needs about 20 minutes, so do the math, 5 lbs chicken needs to cook an hour and 40 minutes. How heavy was your chicken?
When your chicken is done, turn off the grill and using tongs and a deep bowl carefully place the chicken into a bowl. Use the tongs to remove the beer can. BE CAREFUL! Some of the beer evaporates and seasons the chicken, but about half of the beer (which is now boiling hot) will still be in the can. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes, carve and serve.
I ate mine with wedges!!