Beer Can Chicken, Beer in the Butt Chicken, or Chicken on the Throne are all common names of this chicken cooking method and it is quickly replacing many people's old recopies for chicken. Once you try it you will be forever hooked. The great thing about beer can chicken is that it can be prepared several different ways, in a smoker, on a grill, or in your oven. Take a half full can of beer with its top off and then place the beer can inside the chicken. The beer adds extra moisture to the chicken so it doesn't become dry and the yeast and malt from the beer makes the skin on the chicken thick and crispy but allows the meat to stay tender and juicy. There are several different ingredients you can add to Beer Can Chicken like garlic, vegetables, cayenne pepper, or even cumin to enhance the flavor of the chicken. Beer Can Chicken is cooked by an indirect heating method so the fire should be away from the area where the bird will be placed. It is important to remember to place either foil or a thin pan under the chicken to catch any drippings from the bird. There are several products on the market available to aide in cooking Beer Can Chicken like stands that hold the chicken which make the grilling process much easier. Listed below is a great recipe for Beer Can Chicken.
- Prepare the Bird: Remove the neck and giblets from the chicken and discard. Completely rinse the chicken inside and out, and pat it dry with paper towels. Rub the chicken inside and out with vegetable oil and then rub the bird with salt, pepper, and your favorite dry rub.
- Adding the Beer: Use a can opener to remove the lid of the beer can and then remove about half of the beer from the can. You can dispose of the unused beer however you see fit. 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 then grab the chicken with a leg in each hand and place the bird over the beer can.
- Grilling the Beer Can Chicken: Once the beer can is completely inside the cavity of the chicken move both to the grill on the indirect heat in the center of the grill grate. Balance the chicken on its legs and the beer can like a tripod. The chicken should be cooked on a medium high indirect heat with the grill lid closed for about 1 hour and 25 minutes or until the juices run clear. Wait 10 minutes from the time the chicken is removed from the grill to carve.