Beer Can Chicken Recipes - BBQ, Grilled and Oven Beer Can Chicken
Beer can chicken recipes are so easy to make and they taste amazing because of how moist the chicken stays during cooking.
One main tip for making beer can chicken is to prepare your grill to cook using indirect heat. If using a gas grill, preheat the grill to medium heat and place a drip pan in the center of the grill (a tin pie plate works well). If you are using a charcoal grill, light the coals. When the coals are red-hot, use tongs to move them into two piles on opposite sides of the grill. Let the coals burn until they are covered with a thin layer of gray ash. Set a metal drip pan in the center of the grill between the piles of coals.
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To make a basic recipe you will only need a can of your favorite beer, a whole chicken and a little spice rub. (And of course, a grill or oven!)
3 to 4 lb whole chicken 1 can of beer spice rub
Apply your favorite spice rub (or see recipe below) beneath the skin and on the outer skin of a 3 to 4 pound whole chicken. You should be able to run your fingers under the skin to lift it up and tilt the chicken so you can sprinkle spice rub under the skin.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Open the beer and remove half of the liquid by drinking it or discarding it. Stand the chicken onto the open beer can so that the can is inside the cavity. Stand upright on grill. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat (see details above) until thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 175°F.
Spice Rub Recipe
Makes 1/4 Cup of Rub
2 tablespoons paprika 1 1/2 tsp Dark Brown Sugar 1 1/2 tsp Sugar 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper 1/2 tsp Celery Salt 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder 1/2 tsp Onion Powder 1/2 tsp Dry Mustard
You can use this blend anytime your recipe calls for a spice rub.