Cooking a chicken on a beer can.

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Ingredients

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

Directions

  • Rinse and dry the chicken. Remove excess fat and leave skin on. Lift skin from breast and thigh areas, slide bay leaves under skin. Coat chicken with poultry seasoning.

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  • Drink half the can of beer, pour liquid smoke into remaining beer. Raise tab on beer can until it is in the straight up position.

  • Insert beer can into chicken from the bottom until even with bottom of chicken. Insert skewer through the wing, ribs, tab on beer can, and out the opposite side. (this keeps the can from falling out the chicken).

  • Prepare grill: light the coals, and when they are ready, spread coals to form a ring around the outside edge of the grill.

  • Place chicken in center standing up on can to cook. Cover and cook for two hours.

  • Remove carefully from grill so as not to spill the contents of the can. Remove skewer and beer can, let chicken sit for fifteen minutes before cutting.

Partner Tip

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

Nutrition Facts

443 calories; 23.1 g total fat; 140 mg cholesterol; 136 mg sodium. 6.3 g carbohydrates; 44.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2005
I recommend mixing the seasonings with some olive oil to ensure a crispy tasty skin with a nice color (SEE MY PHOTO). I used seasoning salt (about 2 tsp) instead of poultry seasoning. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2005
I recommend mixing the seasonings with some olive oil to ensure a crispy tasty skin with a nice color (SEE MY PHOTO). I used seasoning salt (about 2 tsp) instead of poultry seasoning. Read More
(79)
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2005
I recommend mixing the seasonings with some olive oil to ensure a crispy tasty skin with a nice color (SEE MY PHOTO). I used seasoning salt (about 2 tsp) instead of poultry seasoning. Read More
(79)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I am so happy that I was able to erase what I just wrote. By mistake I thought this recipe was another similar one who did not say to spread the coals out. Very important to not grill under direct heat. Could cause fire... like in the other recipe. Thank you for saying indirect heat. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
this is excellent! did it in my oven for about 25 min per pound at 350.....yum yum juicy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2005
I have only made this in the oven at 350 degrees for 2 hours but it is well worth the wait! My family and friends request what we have renamed "Beer-butt Chicken"! I even found a neat can holder/cooking stand at Walmart for 3.95. It's a great tool! Read More
(25)
Rating: 4 stars
07/21/2007
Great recipe however if you plan to cook the chicken for 2hrs on a grill I would recommend indirect heat.(I used a 4 burner propane grill) If not cut the cook time down to 1 1/2hrs. For a different taste consider adding THIN lemon slices under the skin. Remember "to each thier own". Still all and all a great recipe to start and tweak to your taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
Easy great tasting recipe. I prefer a 4/4 rub with equal parts salt pepper paprika and brown sugar. And yes indirect cooking only! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2006
This was good but I like the Beer Butt Chicken on this site better. This had a bit too much poultry seasoning for us and the bay leaf was a little weird. We like to rub the bird with seasonings and melted butter. We have the stands that we bought at Wal Mart that are inexpensive and work like a charm! Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
My entire family loves this recipe especially my two-year-old! The prep time is very easy but it takes a while to cook so plan ahead and enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2006
Chicken was good. I'm not sure that I like the bay flavor on the chicken. Seemed a bit strong to me. The skin was delicious and crunchy. Oh yeah I did this on a gas grill. Left one burner off and the other one was set to medium-low for two hours. Read More
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