73 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 44
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1

This is a chicken recipe from ranch hand trail cooks. The 'garlic on the coals' trick will probably bring your neighbors over, so beware, and cook plenty!!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat grill for high heat.

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  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the beer, butter, 1 tablespoon garlic powder and seasoned pepper. Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes, or until butter is melted and mixture is hot. Set aside.

  • Season chicken generously with the garlic powder, ground black pepper and seasoned salt to taste.

  • Brush the grilling surface with oil. Place chicken onto the grill bone side down. Close the lid, and cook for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken skin is starting to blister.

  • Turn the chicken over, so it is bone side up. They will be black and charred, but the chicken meat will be fine. Pierce the membrane of the bone with a fork, and ladle some of the beer mixture into the 'cup' formed by the bones. Throw a teaspoon or so of garlic powder on the coals, close the lid, and seal the vents.

  • Repeat ladling the beer mixture into the chicken, and throwing garlic powder onto the coals every 5 minutes, until the mixture is gone. The chicken should be tender and juices should run clear.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

988 calories; 74.3 g total fat; 316 mg cholesterol; 464 mg sodium. 9.5 g carbohydrates; 64.7 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (59)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I don't eat chicken on a bone often so I made this marinade and used boneless chicken breasts. Brushed it on the chicken while cooking and turned out excellent! Very tender juicy and flavorful. Would make again
(102)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/06/2006
This is a poor substitute for the original Beer Can Chicken using the whole uncut chicken with the can of beer in the rear cavity propped up on the legs and beer can bottom.
(43)
73 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 44
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I don't eat chicken on a bone often so I made this marinade and used boneless chicken breasts. Brushed it on the chicken while cooking and turned out excellent! Very tender juicy and flavorful. Would make again
(102)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
If I could give this one 10 stars I would. I've made this one about 15 times now. Usually after 2 or 3 times I'll change a recipe around a little just to experiment. Not this one. It's too good to fool with! Any time we discuss cooking chicken on the grill it always comes back to this recipe.
(97)
Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
Since we use skinless boneless chicken breasts we used the spices & beer as a marinade. It was ok but won't make again this way. We'll wait until we have a whole chicken & try as recommended & then determine if it is a keeper or not.
(53)
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Rating: 1 stars
04/06/2006
This is a poor substitute for the original Beer Can Chicken using the whole uncut chicken with the can of beer in the rear cavity propped up on the legs and beer can bottom.
(43)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Cooked two birds on a gas barbecue so the only step I missed was throwing garlic on the coals at the end. Otherwise followed recipe exactly for thanksgiving. The whole family raved and asked for the recipe. Thanks.
(40)
Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2004
Great recipe highly reccommend this. The only thing I added was a teaspoon of Paprika and a teaspoon of Lawry's seasoning salt. I had a feeling it would be bland without seasoning (several of the reviewers were commenting on that). This really made a difference. It was delicious!
(37)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I love garlicky chicken and this was wonderful and juicy.
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
This recipe was fast to do and tasted good and it did not seem to have an overpowering flavor to it. I was expecting a hardier taste to it but it was easier to add more flavor than to take it away. It was overall a grand recipe and is something different other than the regular bbq chicken that most people do. I would give this overall (out of 5) a 4 1/2. A definite try for all.
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Very easy to make. Was one of the best ways to cook chicken.
(28)