Hubby has been making beer can chicken for several years now out on the grill and it is truly my favorite grilled chicken recipes. It is the most moist and tasty chicken every single time. I grew up with my dad grilling all the time, but never did any of his chicken taste this good or was this moist (sorry Dad). The beer can chicken is consistently amazing!
Graciously, Hubby did some video with me today to show how to prep and cook this amazing chicken using Sanderson Farms chicken (disclosure: I am being compensated by Sanderson Farms for sharing about their products)
Grilled Beer Can Chicken
- 1 whole chicken
- chicken rub – make your own or buy some already made
(Hubby also adds cumin, cayenne and smoked paprika to the store bought chicken rub he uses)
- 1 onion (or lemon/potato/your choice – to cap off the chicken neck opening)
- Pam cooking spray
- 1 can of beer
Wash the whole chicken and pat dry. Be sure to remove any bags of innards that may be in your chicken – you can grill those too or just dispose of them. Spray both sides with Pam cooking spray – you could also use olive oil or another oil of your choice. The oil helps the rub and spices stick to the chicken. Liberally apply the chicken rub and other spices to both sides of the chicken.
There are some folks who just use a beer can to put the chicken on, but honestly the beer can chicken holders really are so much easier to use and relatively inexpensive. Cut open the top of the beer can carefully with a serrated knife – Hubby says drink a few gulps out first. Then insert the cut can with remaining beer into the holder. Add any remaining rubs and spices into the beer. Now place the chicken, end side down, (butt side) onto the holder. On the top opening of the neck insert the onion (lemon, potato, whatever you like) – cut to fit if needed. This helps keeps the moisture in as you are grilling the chicken.
If you have a large chicken and/or the lid is going to be close to the top of the chicken as you grill it, use a square piece of aluminum foil on top of the chicken. This prevents the top of the chicken from getting too overdone or burnt as it grills.
Prepare your grill to use indirect heating – meaning that the heat is going to be around the outer edge of the grill and where the chicken is in the center does not have any source of heat directly underneath. Today our chicken was a bit over 7 pounds – it took about 90 minutes to cook. The size of your chicken will dictate the length of time it takes to cook. Hubby always use a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is fully cooked.
Once done, remove from the grill and let set for about 10 minutes. Then slice and enjoy! You will be amazed at how juicy this chicken will be every time! And I do really mean JUICY! This is by far my most favorite way to have chicken from the grill because of how amazingly moist it is. There is no need to add any kind of dipping sauce even.
See what I mean in the picture below – look at all those juices coming from the beer can chicken! Both the dark meat and white meat is equally as juicy.
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Have you ever made beer can chicken? Is this a recipe you might try?