Beer Can Barbequed ChickenEstimated Cost:  $15.00

Prep Time:  25 minutes

Grill Time:  1 hour 30 minutes

Serves:  8

Yum Factor:  TBA

An inexpensive way to feed up to 8 guests something they are sure to enjoy. This recipe yields 2 birds.

2 cans (12 oz.) beer, half-full
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup paprika (yes 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup ground black pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 (4 lb.) whole chickens

1. Open both cans of beer, drink half of each can. (This assumes you are of age to drink).

2. Preheat an outdoor grill for indirect medium heat, about 350°F (175°C).

3. Mix together dark brown sugar, kosher salt, paprika, ground black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Place two half full cans of beer on a baking sheet. Spoon 1 teaspoon seasoning mix into each can. Be careful, this will make the beer foam up and out of the can.

4. Rinse chicken under cold running water. Discard giblets and neck from chicken; drain and pat dry. Rub each chicken with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Rub the remaining seasoning mix over the entire chicken, inside and out. Fit each chicken over a can of beer with the legs on the bottom; keep upright.

5. Place the two chickens, standing on their cans directly on the grill. Close the lid and barbeque the chicken until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Remove the chickens from the grill and discard the beer cans. Cover the chicken with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes before slicing.

Mike’s comments:

Check your beer-birds after about 1 hour of grilling, if they are becoming to brown/crisp simply top each bird with aluminum foil, cover and continue.

You can substitute the sugar, salt, paprika, and peppers with a pre-blended rub product, but keep in mind if you do that you’ll need almost 2 cups of the rub to cover both birds. I’ve gone both routes and believe the recipe, as its presented, tastes better and costs less at the checkout.

And if your birds are a little larger then 4 pounds, then opt for a Fosters oil-can! Step #1 will prove more fun in this case.