- 1 whole 5 to 6 pound chicken
- 1 can of beer
- 1 cup spice rub, or your favorite blend of spices (garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper work great)
1. Before we get started. Make sure that the can of beer fits inside the chicken.
3. You want to cut the top of the can off the beer can. This maximizes the flow of moisture from the beer to the bird. Most any can opener can be used to cut the top off a beer can. You will need to get rid of half the beer from the can "some how"... that's up to you! Next add 1/2 cup of your spice rub to the can and give it a quick stir. The can is now ready.
5. Place the beer can on the grill right where you want the bird to be.
With the can in place it is time to sit this bird down. You are going to get your hands dirty here. You want to slowly and gently sit the chicken over the can. Try not to force it or put too much pressure on the bird to get into position. You might need to press it down a little, but you shouldn't have to force it.
6. You'll want to maintain a temperature in your grill around 300 to 325 degrees F. during the cooking time.
7. When this bird reaches an internal temperature of 175 degrees F. your bird is ready to come of the heat. Measure the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh being careful not to touch the bone with your thermometer. You want to let it rest for about ten minutes before you begin carving it. A 5 to 6 pound bird should take you about two to three hours to cook depending on the temperature.
8. Once the chicken has had time to rest (again, 10 minutes) it is ready to carve. Sometimes the can tends to get stuck inside the bird. Typically there isn't much (if any) liquid left inside the can. Lay the bird down and pull the can out gripping it with a pair of tongs.
Carve it up and enjoy.