Poultry & Pork

All The Rage

Beer can chicken-Duo Dishes

Every now and then, you hear about something so unfamiliar and seemingly out there that it borderlines the preposterous. But then, to your surprise, you find out it’s actually really amazing and everyone else has been doing it for years…and loving it! Such was the case for us with Beer Can Chicken. Something seemed obscene and unappealing about sticking a can of beer–of all things–in the main cavity of a whole chicken and then cooking it. Is it just us? Apparently so. We were the only ones that were missing out on this obscene, yet unique cooking experience. Once you actually get past the actual beer in the butt part, you’re good to go.

We love beer. We love grilled chicken. It actually couldn’t have been any more simpler. Game on! Just smother a whole chicken with your favorite oil or fat source of choice (butter usually wins these fights), rub her down with your favorite herbs and spices of choice, open a can of beer, take a sip or two, stick it up you-know-where (see…obscene and unappealing, right?), and place her in the middle of the grill. An hour or so and 165 degrees later you have some of the most juicy and tender chicken you’ve ever eaten in your life. It’s suck-the-bones amazing. A charcoal grill is best! It infuses the meat with unrivaled flavor, but use whatever you have on hand. Oh, and taking the can out of the cooked bird is actually the most difficult step. This could be a two person task, or you could just be prepared for a little spillage.

Beer Can Chicken – Serves 4 to 6

1 whole chicken, cleaned and innards removed
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp or olive oil
1/4 cup fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon seasoning salt
2 teaspoons coriander
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 can beer

1. Open can of beer and pour out 1/4 cup of liquid.

2. Brush whole chicken with oil or butter. Combine all spices and herbs in a small bowl and rub mixture all over chicken.

3. Carefully set the beer can on a flat surface or table top and shimmy bird down on top of the can. The chicken should be pushed down far enough for the legs to touch the flat surface. Transfer chicken to grill and set squarely on top of the rack. Cover with grill top.

4. Cook chicken on a preheated charcoal grill, or gas grill, at 375 degrees for 75 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees when inserted into the bird’s breast. Let rest 5-10 minutes before cutting.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


30 thoughts on “All The Rage

  1. haha, for all the beer can chicken I have seen on blogs and on TV I have never made one myself. I will have to one of these days, because really, how could it not be delicious?

  2. I need to try this again. My husband and I tried once before and it was a comedy of errors. We didn’t use a traditional can of beer but a big ol’ can of PBR, then we couldn’t keep the coals going on the grill, and then to top it all off, the dogs knocked into me when I was moving it around and it flew onto the grass where two hungry dogs devoured the half-raw carcass.

    Your directions are much more straight-forward than the recipe I used, so thanks!!! We’re gonna get it this time!

  3. Love it! I made this over the summer for the first time and it turned out great! Quite a fun experience huh?

  4. Funny, Chris @ nibble me this were talking about this, and I have not had it in years. I think college was the first and last time, but yours look great…I should tell my son about it for his football game days with the guys. He always cooks!

  5. looks delectable!
    hv always wanted to make can chicken, but it seems very intimating!
    gotta do once b4 the weather still allow me to use the grill out in the back yard.

  6. Awesome! I’ve been wanting to try beer can chicken for years, but I don’t have a grill and I can’t fit a chicken standing up in my oven. Yours looks wicked good.

  7. Never tried such a way to cook chicken. I love chicken and a new version of it will be a good change for us. This sounds so tasty and intriguing.

  8. I LOVE doing this kind of chicken in the oven. It’s so good. It keeps the chicken moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. If you don’t have beer or don’t like beer, try using a can of regular coke. You would be amazed.

  9. I still haven’t tried it, but you make it sound so appealing, I think I might have to! Plus, my bf LOVES beer and I’m sure he’d really appreciate this!

  10. I’ve been wanting to make beer can chicken for quite a long time now. I gotta get crackin’ on this. hehe… Looks really good!!!

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