Beer Can Chicken Recipe and Tips

If you're looking for a way to knock your friends' socks off at your next barbeque party then this beer can chicken recipe is just what you need. Sometimes called beer butt chicken, this dish doesn't just look amazing. It is without a doubt the most moist and flavorful chicken I've ever eaten. And you'll be shocked at how easy it is to prepare.

The ingredients:

1 whole chicken about 3 1/2 to 5 pounds

1 12 ounce can of beer

2 teaspoons olive oil

4 tablespoons of your favorite dry rub

Open the can of beer and pour out half. Use a can opener to punch a couple more holes in the top of the can. This will let the steam flow more freely into the bird and infuse it with flavor. Pour 1 tablespoon of dry rub into the can.

Next remove the giblets and clean the chicken inside and out under cold water, then pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle a tablespoon of dry rub into the cavity. Drizzle the olive oil over the outside of the bird so that its completely coated. Then sprinkle the outside of the bird with the remaining rub and use your hands to rub it all over the skin.

Next you need to carefully lower the bird onto the beer can. Make sure the can is on a steady surface so it doesn't fall over. The bird should fit nicely onto the can and you can then position the legs so they form a kind of tripod with the beer can. You should also tuck the wings in snug to the body to prevent them from burning.

Unless you want to incinerate your chicken you need to use the indirect grilling method. You don't want open flames directly beneath the chicken or the beer could drip down and ignite, leaving you with a charred chicken. If you're grilling with charcoal you can just place a drip pan under the bird. If using gas leave the burner directly under the bird turned off.

Cover the grill and let it cook until the temperature of the thigh reaches 180 degrees (about 1 to 1 1/2 hours). Take it off the grill and let it sit for 10 minutes before removing the can and carving.

To really impress your friends, make sure they see it right after it comes off the grill and while its still on the can. This simple beer can chicken recipe will have the whole neighborhood thinking you're a supreme grillmaster!

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