Chicken is great meat. It can be made in so many different ways. One great way to cook an entire chicken is by making beer can chicken. This is a fun way to make a great tasting dish that everyone will enjoy. Sitting an entire chicken on top of a beer can may seem weird, but it is a great recipe for barbecuing an entire bird while also keeping it tender, moist, and juicy.
In addition, this method of cooking a whole chicken also provides you with a way to add plenty of flavor to your chicken. There are numerous spice rubs that can be used to change up the flavor of your beer can chicken. The real secret of making a great beer can chicken is using an aromatic and tasty spice rub to season the chicken. Here are 10 great recipes to help you create the perfect beer can chicken.
1. Standard Beer Can Chicken
When it comes to making beer can chicken there is a basic variation. Here is what you will need:
- 4 lb chicken
- A can of beer at room temperature
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 sprigs of rosemary
- 2 tsps of olive oil
- A tsp of thyme
- ½ tsp of crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tbsp of lemon juice
For the Rub:
- A tbsp of paprika
- 2 tsp of salt
- A tsp of freshly chopped rosemary
- 2 tsp of thyme
- A tsp of black pepper and lemon zest
First, you will need to preheat your grill on medium heat. Combine the rub ingredients in a mixing bowl. Remove the neck and the giblets of the chicken. Sprinkle the rub all over the chicken, including inside the cavity and under the skin of the breast. Open the beer and dump out half of it. Place the garlic, rosemary, lemon juice, thyme, and pepper flakes in the can. Pierce two holes in the top of the can and then place the chicken over it. Grill the chicken for 90 minutes to 2 hours. Remove when chicken is cooked, let rest for 10 minutes, carve and serve.