Hey there, my friends, Backyard Charlie again! Today I'm going to share with you one of my all-time favorite chicken cooking methods: Beer Can Chicken. Trust me, once you try this, you'll never go back to your old boring chicken recipes. This is the ultimate way to cook chicken, with beer as the secret ingredient that takes it to a whole new level!
Now, here's the deal, my friends. Beer Can Chicken can be cooked in several different ways, whether it's in a smoker, on a grill, or in your oven. But whichever way you choose to do it, the key is to use a half-full can of beer with its top off, and place it inside the chicken. The beer will add extra moisture to the chicken, preventing it from becoming dry. Plus, the yeast and malt from the beer will make the skin on the chicken crispy and delicious, while keeping the meat juicy and tender.
But wait, there's more! You can also add different ingredients to enhance the flavor of your Beer Can Chicken. You can go for garlic, vegetables, cayenne pepper, or even cumin - the possibilities are endless. And let me tell you, my friends, this chicken is cooked by indirect heat, so you'll need to make sure your fire is away from the area where the bird will be placed. And don't forget to place either foil or a thin pan under the chicken to catch any drippings from the bird.
Now, are you ready for my favorite Beer Can Chicken recipe? Let's get started!
First, remove the neck and giblets from the chicken and rinse it inside and out. Then pat it dry with paper towels, and rub the chicken inside and out with vegetable oil. Next, rub the bird with salt, pepper, and your favorite dry rub. You want to make sure the bird is well seasoned, my friends!
Now, let's add the beer. Let's open the beer can, and remove about half of the beer from the can. You can dispose of the unused beer however you see fit, we have of preferences on the method of disposal! Then, add 2 tablespoons of chopped onion, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and 3 cloves of minced garlic to the beer. Place the beer can on a solid surface, and grab the chicken with a leg in each hand. Now, place the bird over the beer can, so that the can is completely inside the cavity of the chicken.
Alright, it's time to grill the Beer Can Chicken. Move the chicken and beer can to the grill on indirect heat in the center of the grill grate. Balance the chicken on its legs and the beer can like a tripod. You want to cook the chicken on a medium high indirect heat, with the grill lid closed, for about 1 hour and 25 minutes, or until the juices run clear.
And there you have it, my friends! The ultimate Beer Can Chicken recipe. Don't forget to wait 10 minutes from the time the chicken is removed from the grill to carve it. Trust me, this is one chicken recipe that you'll be hooked on forever. Enjoy!