A true classic in the BBQ scene; the beer can chicken. In this blog we'll dig a bit deeper into the secrets of a perfect beer can chicken.
While it's easy to use an actual can of beer, you might not have one on hand and a professional stand will offer some more stability too. This way you're not limited to the beer that's actually in the can either. We like to use the Weber Deluxe Chicken / Poultry Roaster, because it lets you prepare a crispy yet moist chicken. The poultry roaster holds liquid that fills your poultry with flavour and has a cap to lock in the steam, capturing juices for basting. The ceramic non-stick coating makes cleanup easy and hassle free.
If you're using a charcoal or wood burning grill, establish the fire on one side of the grill, leaving the other half without any open flames underneath. If you're using a gas grill, turn all of the burners on high to preheat the grill, but turn off the burners underneath the side that you will roast the chicken on before placing the chicken on the grill.
Rinse the chicken thoroughly inside and out, and pat dry so your seasoning will stick well. Use salt and pepper or opt for a dry rub for extra flavour (we love this Chicken Rub from Traeger). Now it's time to choose your beer, the most popular choice is a lager — something middle of the road, and not too hoppy or bitter. If you're keen to do some testing we recommend taking a look at this article about the best beers for a beer can chicken from the Spruce Eats. Don't feel like you're limited by just beers though; a good stock, an aromatic wine or even a can of Dr. Pepper will give you tasty results. Time to get creative!
When you're all set with spices and your preferred liquid, transfer the bird to the side of the grill without open flames directly underneath, cover the grill and cook the chicken for about 75 minutes, until the thickest portion of the chicken thigh has reached 75°C. Be sure to let your chicken rest for about 15 minutes so no juices get lost and you are left with a beautiful succulent piece of meat.
The Outdoor Concepts Team