Sunday, August 12, 2007

Beer Can Chicken~

Oh MY! This is every bit as good as everyone says!! We saw it for the first time several years back when Bobby Flay did it on the Food Network and I've been dying to try it for ages! There are a million differnt rubs, sauces in-can ingredients, possibilities to how you make it and I'm sure eveyone does their own thing a bit so here is what we did...

The Basics
1 4-5 lb whole chicken (not frozen, giblets removed)
1/2 full can of Bud Light beer
Disposable baking pan/dish for the grill
A Grill

In the Can
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 spoonfull spice rub * recipe below
2 sprigs fresh rosemary

Spice Rub (not exact measurements, just made aprox 1 1/2 cup total of the stuff)also I had some leftover...
Kosher Salt about 1/3 c.
Black Pepper about 1/3 c.
Onion Powder about 1/4 c.
Garlic Powder about 1/4 c.
Cayanne Pepper about 1/4 c.

1/2 stick of butter cut into thin slices

Or use any spice rub that you want! :)

Crack the beer and drink half of it- I love recipes that start this way!

Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towel & put it on a plate
Mix all the rub ingredients together in a bowl.
Use a spoon to spoon rub mix onto the chicken and rubdown until completely covered
Add Garlic, Rosemary and a spoonfull of rub mix to beer can
Insert beer can in backside of the chicken and stand it up in the pan (as shown above)

On the Grill on low heat, roast the chicken for 3 hours.
Basting and adding little slices of butter to the drippings every 30 minutes for first hour, every 15-20 minutes for second hour and every 10 mintues 3rd hour.

Remove from grill & let sit for 5 minutes
Using tongs and a helper hold the chicken and lift up, the helper can poke with the baster through the neck hole to push the beer can out- be really careful, the liquid is all VERY HOT!

Quarter the chicken using a very sharp knife and kitchen shears.
Here are Food Network's Instructions:
How To Quarter a Chicken

We had this with garlic mashed red potatoes, and grilled corn on the cob. I can't wait to make it again. Moist, delicious and WONDERFUL!


Miranda said...

Beth........u ROCK!
I think I know what we are having for dinner tomorrow. My hubby may just pass out if I actually do this :)
Thanks sweetness!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love how golden the chicken looks!

And also the beer drinking process sounds nice to me! :)

Cara said...

I love that you did it without purchasing the contraption like I felt compelled to :) It looks delicious!