Beer can chicken

i gave Bb the choice in what was going to be my next food post between the above mentioned recipe or crawfish/shrimp etouffe. She chose beer can chicken. i LOVE beer can chicken. when i make it ALWAYS gets rave reviews.  i doctor the beer to suit my louis the  XIV palate, so feel free to omit. and i do mine in the oven (for those of you scoffing at the idea: eat me) but if you’re doing it on the grill cook the chicken over indirect heat for about 1 1/2 hours until it’s about 170 degrees.

get one whole chicken (around 4lb s) and remove the giblets. rinse thoroughly and pat it dry. open one can of beer ( i prefer to use a 16oz can since it offers a bit more stability) and pou….drink half. cut the top of the can (i have trauma shears) and make a relatively large opening. add: 2TBS apple vinegar, 1/8 cup old bay seasoning (if you use seasoning salt-use 1/16 cup), one bay leaf, 1-2 smashed cloves of garlic, and 1 TBS liquid smoke, i like  to put a dash of dried chipotle powder but i’m a spice nut. again doctoring the beer can be omitted, but trust me, it’s VERY worth it.

get a baking pan and place beer can in center. prop the chicken on the can of beer (both should be close to room temp btw) and use the legs to make a kind of tripod. tuck the wings up into themselves. rub about 2TBS olive oil onto the skin, then season LIBERALLY with whatever BBQ seasoning you use. i uses a combination of: old bay, mccormick buffalo chicken wing powder,  stubb’s BBQ seasoning, and a LITTLE chipotle powder.

place in a 350 degree oven, it should cook (like grilling) for about 1 1/2 hours.  

when done LET IT REST for about 20 minutes (the heat will rise to cook the meat to safe temps, and the juice needs to redistribute).  to remove- hold the can and using paper-towels to insulate your hand, and pull the chicken off the can. and place chicken on a carving board go to work. works best if you have someone else hold the can and you support the bottom and support the bird with both hands.


this is what it should look like before popping it into the oven.

this is actually the kind of pan i use. finished product. no i didn't cook it.

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