Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Foodie Week (Extended) - Beer Can Chicken

Good Morning!

Today I'm sharing a recipe for Beer Can chicken... which may sound a little "down in the holler", but it's an easy and tasty BBQ recipe!  We made it for a family bar-b-que on Sunday night... it took a little longer than we'd accounted for, but it was worth it! 

{Recipe courtesy of}

Spice Rubbed Beer Can Chicken


Spice Rub:


Heat a gas or charcoal grill with a lid big enough to accommodate the bird. Put a drip pan below the grates.

Mix the ingredients for the Spice Rub until they are well blended. (This will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for 1 week.) Rub it all over the chicken, inside and out.

Open the beer and take a big swig or just pour out a couple of ounces. Sit the chicken on the beer can so the legs are at the bottom and the wings are at the top. Stand the beer can on the grates over the drip pan. Put the cover on and cook over indirect heat until the juices run clear, about 1 hour. (If using charcoal, push the coals to 1 side so the chicken is not over direct heat.)

Note: This chicken can also be cooked in a 350 degrees F oven. Just stand the beer can in a shallow roasting pan and cook about 1 hour or until juices run clear.

This chicken was delicious.  We did use a meat thermometer so check the chicken, make sure it was cooked through and through.  I got our 2 whole chickens from Costco, I believe it was $9 for the 2, which is an exceptional price, considering you can easily spend $6 on 1 lb of chicken tenders!  We ate one of the chickens the night of the BBQ and I've made a few freezer meals (enchiladas, chicken parm) from the other chicken...

Just a few notes:
- Don't forget to check your chicken's cavity... they're often packing!
- Don't forget to rub the seasoning in the cavity - it'll really help get the flavor throughout your meat.
- Be careful to put the chicken over INDIRECT heat!  We tried this recipe before and caught our chicken on fire... we also put our chickens in disposable foil pans to catch the drips... again, trying to avoid fires. 

Recipe Review (1-10, 10 being awesome)
Taste: 9 - the dark meat is really good, the breast lost some of the flavor
Tenderness: 10 - super tender.  Meat was falling off the bone
Cost: 10 - so inexpensive!  You can get your chickens from the groceries stores as well, they often have excellent deals on whole chickens

We'll be making this recipe throughout the summer... for all of the reasons listed above!

I'll see you tomorrow with my friend, Margaritas, salsa recipe!

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