Very effective, low maintenance, cooking technique for an extremely juicy and flavourful bird – Beer Can Chicken

Very effective, low maintenance, cooking technique for an extremely juicy and flavourful bird – Beer Can Chicken

This chicken is juicy, juicy, juicy! And considering how easy this technique is, I’m surprised this chicken preparation is not more common. After all, it requires minimal prep and only about an hour to make, where you need to tend to the chicken only at the very end of cooking.

As long as you use the instant read digital thermometer and don’t overcook the chicken, your meat will be juicer than most other cooking methods. And the rub on the chicken, as well as the beer, will infuse the meat with an unbelievable flavour.

Hope you guys try this out soon.

DifficultyBeginner

Yields4 Servings

 1 3.5-4.5 lb whole chicken
 ½ can of lager beer (pour out or drink half of the beer)
 water for the pan (see note)
Spice rub:
 1 tbsp kosher salt (half as much if using fine table salt)
 2 tbsp brown sugar
 1 tsp paprika
 1 tsp onion powder
 1 tsp garlic powder
 ½ tsp frehly ground black pepper
 ½ tsp dried oregano
 ¼ tsp cayenne, for spice, optional - omit if you don't like extra spicy things

1

Prepare the grill for indirect heat. Turn all the burners to high except 1-2 burners (depending on how wide your gas grill is,) so that the 9x13 baking sheet could be placed on top of the grill with no direct heat under it.

2

Dry the chicken skin with paper towels. Rub the chicken with the spice rub. Sprinkle some of the spice rub inside the cavity of the chicken. Try to slide some of the rub under the skin of the chicken to flavour the meat directly, but be careful not to break the skin. If possible, allow the chicken to “dry-brine” and refrigerate it uncovered for a couple of hours or up to overnight after you seasoned it with the spice rub.

3

Pour out half of the beer (or drink it) and gently insert the beer can inside the cavity of the chicken, the legs of the chicken should be facing down. Your chicken should rest on top of the beer can upright without falling. Place your chicken into 9x13 oven-safe aluminum pan (or disposable one.) Pour about 1/4-1/2” of water into the pan and transport the whole pan to your grill. The pan should go into the indirect heat area with unlit burners under it. Turn the breast away from the side where the burners are on. Cover the grill and grill undisturbed for 40 minutes. Target temperature of the grill should be 425-450°.

*See the picture attached, the chicken is facing away from the heat source:

4

After that time, turn the chicken so that the breast is now facing the side with the burners on. Measure the internal temperature of the chicken. You are aiming to get 165 at the breast and 170-175 in the thigh (although it’s safe to eat at 165, the connective tissue is still chewy and not sufficiently broken down.) It won’t be long. The total cooking time is somewhere between 45-60 minutes (depending on the size of the bird and other variables.)

5

Allow the chicken to rest for 7-10 minutes before removing the beer (be careful as it will be hot) and carving it.

NOTE:
6

I’m undecided about the use of water. It catches the drippings as well as seems to make the chicken even more juicy. However, all the moisture and steam from the water, prevent the chicken from getting extra crispy. Feel free to skip adding the water to your 9x13 baking dish if extra crispy skin is your goal. Your chicken may take longer to cook without the water, as all the extra steam helps cook the chicken faster.

Ingredients

 1 3.5-4.5 lb whole chicken
 ½ can of lager beer (pour out or drink half of the beer)
 water for the pan (see note)
Spice rub:
 1 tbsp kosher salt (half as much if using fine table salt)
 2 tbsp brown sugar
 1 tsp paprika
 1 tsp onion powder
 1 tsp garlic powder
 ½ tsp frehly ground black pepper
 ½ tsp dried oregano
 ¼ tsp cayenne, for spice, optional - omit if you don't like extra spicy things

Directions

1

Prepare the grill for indirect heat. Turn all the burners to high except 1-2 burners (depending on how wide your gas grill is,) so that the 9x13 baking sheet could be placed on top of the grill with no direct heat under it.

2

Dry the chicken skin with paper towels. Rub the chicken with the spice rub. Sprinkle some of the spice rub inside the cavity of the chicken. Try to slide some of the rub under the skin of the chicken to flavour the meat directly, but be careful not to break the skin. If possible, allow the chicken to “dry-brine” and refrigerate it uncovered for a couple of hours or up to overnight after you seasoned it with the spice rub.

3

Pour out half of the beer (or drink it) and gently insert the beer can inside the cavity of the chicken, the legs of the chicken should be facing down. Your chicken should rest on top of the beer can upright without falling. Place your chicken into 9x13 oven-safe aluminum pan (or disposable one.) Pour about 1/4-1/2” of water into the pan and transport the whole pan to your grill. The pan should go into the indirect heat area with unlit burners under it. Turn the breast away from the side where the burners are on. Cover the grill and grill undisturbed for 40 minutes. Target temperature of the grill should be 425-450°.

*See the picture attached, the chicken is facing away from the heat source:

4

After that time, turn the chicken so that the breast is now facing the side with the burners on. Measure the internal temperature of the chicken. You are aiming to get 165 at the breast and 170-175 in the thigh (although it’s safe to eat at 165, the connective tissue is still chewy and not sufficiently broken down.) It won’t be long. The total cooking time is somewhere between 45-60 minutes (depending on the size of the bird and other variables.)

5

Allow the chicken to rest for 7-10 minutes before removing the beer (be careful as it will be hot) and carving it.

NOTE:
6

I’m undecided about the use of water. It catches the drippings as well as seems to make the chicken even more juicy. However, all the moisture and steam from the water, prevent the chicken from getting extra crispy. Feel free to skip adding the water to your 9x13 baking dish if extra crispy skin is your goal. Your chicken may take longer to cook without the water, as all the extra steam helps cook the chicken faster.

Beer Can Chicken

Make it Gluten-Free: Ensure the beer selected here is Gluten-Free. Ensure the rest of your ingredients are Gluten-Free and not cross-contaminated.

Happens to be Dairy-Free.

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