1 4 pound whole chicken
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
kosher salt to season
black pepper to season
dry rub to season (Weber (R) Kick'n Chicken works well)
1 can of beer, half full
Preheat grill to medium high heat (about 400 degrees F).
Season chicken liberally inside and out with salt, pepper, and dry rub.
Set chicken upright over the beer so that the open beer is inside the chicken but is resting on the can. Set onto preheated grill with the can and two legs supporting the chicken. Grill over indirect heat for 1 1/4 hours or until breast meat is 165 degrees F and thigh is 180 degrees F and juices run clear. Let rest 10 minutes and serve.
Beer can chicken can be made with a "beer can stand," which is a wire base to hold the chicken on top of the beer, or you can make it without the stand. We tried both and the only difference we noticed was that the chicken on the stand had a more upright look while it was grilling; they both cooked evenly and were easy to handle.