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Sunday BBQ: Beer Can Chicken with Dirty Bird Rub

Something about yesterday's side dish made me think of the quirky summer fave: beer can chicken. I've personally never made one, but I am absolutely fascinated by the concept. Some say that the vapors from the beer keep the inside of the chicken moist, while others say the juiciness comes from the fact that the bird is positioned vertically. However no matter what the reason is, one thing is for sure: this recipe is guaranteed to get comments from your guests. And from what I understand, once you've had beer can chicken, you never go back! To check out an easy to follow recipe and join me on a beer can chicken excursion,


Beer Can Chicken with Dirty Bird Rub
From Elizabeth Karmel in Every Day with Rachael Ray June/July 2007
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Serves 4
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 1 1/2 hr

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried ground sage
One 4- to 5-pound chicken, rinsed and patted dry
Extra-virgin olive oil
One 12-ounce can beer, preferably Budweiser

  1. Build a charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill. In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients to make the rub. Brush the chicken lightly with olive oil and season with 2 tablespoons rub. Sprinkle the remaining rub inside the cavity of the bird and set aside.
  2. Open the can of beer, pour out about 1/4 cup and punch an extra hole in the top using a bottle opener with a piercing point. Carefully stand the beer can in the center of the grill over indirect medium heat and place the cavity end of the chicken over the beer can.
  3. Close the grill lid and cook the chicken until an instant-read thermometer registers 165º in the breast and 180º in the thigh, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. To remove from the grill, use tongs to hold the chicken steady and slide a large spatula underneath the beer can to keep it stable. Transfer to a work surface and, using the tongs, remove and discard the beer can. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving.
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sumnboutme sumnboutme 10 years
I made this last night but I baked it instead of grilling it. Best chicken ever!
hacksaw hacksaw 10 years
Best chicken ever. Add wood chips for more smoke flavor.
chiaramw chiaramw 10 years
I just had this for the first time last week. It really works! The chicken comes out super juicy.
minnie minnie 10 years
this looks great! I'll definately try it soon!
yyam084 yyam084 10 years
i would make this....wait gotta copy it first!!!
psangel psangel 10 years
I have made this before... the chicken comes out tasting so great and juicy. I love making this for bbq parties.
GirlC GirlC 10 years
I thought about making this...
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 10 years
this is the best!!! my dad cooks it at get togethers and the whole fam goes nuts over it!!!
craving_vintage craving_vintage 10 years
I've always seen this but really never knew what the point was. lol Do you taste the beer in the chicken?
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I've always wanted to try this, but don't quite feel like I'm redneck qualified. If Rachel Ray and Yumsugar are all over the beer can chicken, I'm totally up for it! :P
bad-girl445 bad-girl445 10 years
I can say it is good but i have to sing and every thing i dont have the time to try it. :(
kins kins 10 years
love love LOVE beer can chicken...it's my favorite way to bbq
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 10 years
I have a ceramic dish-thingy that is for cooking beer-butt chicken. It rocks!!
audreystar audreystar 10 years
i have always heard this is good but have never had the opportunity to try it.
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 10 years
Beer can chickens are sooo good! I would recommend that if you want to make it easier, get this contraption from Cabelas http://cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0014342515356a&type=product&cmCat=search&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&QueryText=chicken&N=4887&Ntk=Products&Ntx=mode+matchall&Nty=1&Ntt=chicken&noImage=0 Because it gets really moist and can make a mess of your grill and may be hard to handle.
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