Beer Can Chicken
Is this a “man thing”? Stuffing a can of beer in a chicken and grilling it?
No, I don’t think so. I’m sure my brother would say otherwise. He and I have an unspoken competition when it comes to food, BUT I do have to say he is damn good in the kitchen/grill that I rarely argue anything I do is better. I’ve asked him a hundred times to send me his recipes and takes pictures so I can post them. I always get a “I will, I will”, but so far nothing. He is very busy with his band – The Shakes. They are based in Nashville, but in his free time he cooks, grills and bottles his own hot sauce that sells locally. Once I can convince him to take the time, you will love me for it. The ribs…. I swear his ribs are to die for.
Since I suddenly one day discovered a true love for the grill, I want to put anything and everything on it. I don’t know what it is but I just love it -maybe it’s because it takes place outside and it’s a very summery thing. And I’m a very summery girl.
Now if I only had an in-ground pool in the backyard all things would be right in the world. Ok fine, just some of them.
Beer Can Chicken
1 3-4 pound chicken, rinsed with cold water and with neck/giblets removed
1 can of beer, but pour out about half
3 tbsp olive oil
1 stick of real butter
The rest I didn’t measure, but you get the idea:
I used about a teaspoon (maybe a little more) of each – all dried BTW:
Seasoned salt – I’m sure I used a tablespoon or more
Get it ready:
The grill needs to be prepared for indirect heat on medium high. This means that it will cook beside the flames, not directly over them. So, for example, if you’re using a gas grill heat only one side of the burners.
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and all seasonings. You will have to use your hands for this – rub the mixture all over the chicken, getting under the skin as much as you can. Use it all!
Lower the chicken, with the cavity side down, onto the beer can. Place on the side of the grill that isn’t over direct heat. Cover, but try not to open it. I do check mine after about an hour, but it’s best to mostly leave it alone.
Melt the stick of butter in the microwave. After about an hour, quickly open the grill and evenly pour the butter over the chicken, then close the grill cover.
It should be done after about 1 – 1/2 hours or until breast meat registers 180 on a meat thermometer.