My husband & I love this chicken recipe, and it’s fairly easy! The good news is it’s tasty, the bad news…there’s never many left-overs.
Beer Can Chicken
1 can beer, or you can use cola
1 chicken, around 3 1/2 to 5 pounds
2 tablespoons of barbecue dry rub (recipe below)
-Open the can. Using a church key type opener make a few more holes in the top of the can. Pour out half the beer (what you do with it is your business!)
-Pre-heat bbq to about 350
-Remove any giblets from the chicken, rinse chicken, sprinkle 2 teaspoons of dry rub inside the body, then rub 2 teaspoons of dry rub on the outside. Spoon 2 teaspoons into the can.
-Insert can into body of chicken and spread out the drumsticks for balance. You can put it on a foil plate or in a roasting pan to catch the drippings for basting…or you can buy a “can chicken holder”, available in many stores.
-Stand chicken upright in bbq, turning off the burner directly under it, but leaving on the other burner(s). Close lid & try to keep temperature around 350. Rotate occasionally to cook evenly and baste near end of cooking time if enough drippings. Should cook in 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
-When done, let rest about 5 minutes, then carefully remove from can & dig in!
1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup chili powder
3 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons curry powder
2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon ground dry basil
1 tablespoon ground dry thyme
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons finely ground coffee (optional)
Mix together all ingredients. Store in tightly sealed container.
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