Chicken Grilled With a Beer Can

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No, this is not an urban legend.

Beer can chicken really does exist!

 beer can chicken

How to make Beer Can Chicken

I can only imagine how someone actually came up with the idea of propping a chicken on top of a beer can in order to grill it.
All I know is that there are some folks out there who say that this is the tastiest way to grill a chicken.

I know it may not be the prettiest way to grill a chicken. Since there is a beer involved with this method of grilling a chicken, I am sure that there are many fans out there enjoying it.





Folks say the using a beer can to grill a chicken is kind of a no-brainer. The chicken is tender, thanks to the beer and there is little effort involved once it is placed on the grill.

What I like about this recipe is that there are relatively few ingredients needed to make it.

Really, all that you need is your chicken, a beer, a bit of oil, and some seasonings.
Maybe the biggest question is what beer works best in this recipe.


The beer that you choose to use in this can be as simple as what you have sitting around or as thought out as what kind of a flavor you are looking for.

Some folks like the taste of a lager infused chicken. A lager beer is usually a lighter in color beer than an ale beer. Lagers can be yellow, pale, golden, amber, or dark in color. Other folks like the more robust flavor of a lager or richer tasting beer.

And yes, it is possible to make this in the oven.

I'm just sharing the grilled method because we are heading into the grilling season and it just seems to make sense to grill the chicken.

How to make Grilled Chicken using a Beer Can

The good news is that you need to use only about a half can of beer to make this.
What should you do with the other half of a can of beer? I'm sure that you can figure that out on your own.

Ingredients:
  • 1 Chicken (around 4-5 pounds if possible)
  • 2 tablespoons of (I use Extra Virgin) Olive Oil
  • 1/2 can of beer- yellow/lager recommended
  • Seasonings 1/4 cup total your choice of which one(s)- can use a pre-pared chicken seasoning blend, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic salt. etc


Directions:
  • Prepare your grill by setting the heat to medium and using only 1/2 of the grill. Your heated half of the grill should reach between 325 and 350
  • Clean your chicken using your method of choice if your chicken has not been cleaned (ie. you don't want the neck/giblets etc inside).
  • Rinse your chicken and then pat it dry (paper towels are okay)
  • Rub your oil over your chicken making sure that the entire chicken is covered.
  • Mix together your rub ingredients- seasonings- and then place the rub inside and on the outside of the chicken.
There really is little polite way to explain this part so here goes...you will need to place your chicken over the 1/2 filled can of beer. The easiest way to do this is to handle the chicken by the legs and place the hole of the chicken over the can.

This is a slow and long grilling process over medium heat. It could take as much as 1 1/2 hours. What you want is for an internal temperature of at least 160 (thigh) 180 (breast). At this point the juices should run clear when poked by a knife.

To roast this in the oven, use a 350 oven.
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