This was the first time I tried the infamous “Beer Can Chicken” and I was surprised at how easy it was to make. Once you put the chicken on the grill, all you have to do is close the lid and sit there and “watch” the grill. The following picture describes what I mean by watching the grill:
Here’s the specs on the recipe:
- One Chicken
- About 3 Tbsp of your favorite dry spice rub – I used a combination of salt, course ground pepper, paprika, oregano & rosemary
- One can of beer – I used Heineken
- Some kind of oil or even butter – I used extra virgin olive oil.
I started by making sure all of the extra bits were removed from the chicken. Then padded the chicken dry with a few paper towels. Then I rubbed the chicken with olive oil, inside and out, and proceeded to massage in the dry rub. I placed the chicken aside and did a salmonella wash and then came the good part. I open a can of beer and drink about half of it. After I sufficiently reduced the volume of beer in the can, I took a can opener and neatly went around the rim. The top comes off quite cleanly. I dumped whatever remained of the spice rub in the can, slipped the chicken over the top of the can drumsticks facing downward and went outside to warm up the grill.
I ended up cooking the chicken for about 2 hours on the grill, covered. I’m guessing it was around 300 degrees in there. The end result was very good roasted chicken, but it didn’t seem to me like the beer (or BBQ for that matter) imparted a whole lot of flavor. All I can say is that it tasted like a really good roasted chicken that you would make in your oven. The best thing about the beer can is that it keeps the chicken upright so you don’t have to deal with the ubiquitous flare ups or use come kind of rotisserie contraption that is usually needed to cook a large piece of meat over a flame.
When I do this again I’m definitely planning on using a much stronger beer… probably an IPA… if I can find one in a can. I’m also going to try to cook it on higher heat for a shorter period of time.
Thanks again to all those who came out, we had such a great time. Big shout-outs to James, Liz, and Kevin – its nice to have you guys around for another season. Also I’m liking all the baby time my wife and I got (I think it helps us cope). Everywhere we go we see babies now. Shannon and I are way behind the trends, we don’t even have a dog and dogs are so 2008.
Q MVP goes to Molly Morris for the corn salad (Again I’ll try to hunt down the recipe).
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