Beer Can Chicken

Flavorful and moist, this chicken on the can gets its roasted look and taste from grilling over a can of beer.

Recipe from The Food Channel
Beer Can Chicken
10 mins
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  • 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).
Remove neck and gizzards from chicken and rinse well, patting with paper towels to dry. Rub oil on outside and inside bird.
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.
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