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Entrees

Beer Can Chicken

A smoky, savory Beer-Can Chicken on the grill

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Wrapped in bacon and injected with beer, this recipe yields a crispy, flavorful skin and tender, juicy meat. Simply cook the chicken slow over indirect heat and place on top of a can of beer for even roasting. Grab a beer and get grilling.

Ingredients

Yields: 4 servings
Cook: 1 hour
Prep: 20 minutes


•1 6-pound chicken
•8 slices bacon
•1 12-ounce can of beer
•4 tablespoons olive oil
•2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
•2 tablespoons brown sugar
•1 teaspoon salt
•1 teaspoon ground pepper
•2 teaspoons garlic powder
•1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Preparation


•Soak Cowboy® Natural Wood Chips, any flavor of your choosing, in water for at least 30 minutes
•Fill charcoal chimney with enough Cowboy® Hardwood Lump Charcoal to cover half of the grill and light, letting burn for 10-15 minutes
•Spread hot coals over grilling area and preheat grill for approximately 10-15 minutes
•Remove neck and giblets from cavity of the chicken, trim excess fat and discard
•Rinse chicken with cold water and pat dry with paper towels
•In a small mixing bowl, combine butter and olive oil
•Using a basting brush, coat exterior of chicken with butter mixture
•Combine the sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder in a medium mixing bowl
•Rub half of the spice mixture inside the cavity of the chicken and rub the rest of the mixture onto the surface of the chicken
•Before placing on the grill, discard 1/4 of the beer and lower chicken on to the top of open beer can. The chicken should be sitting upright with the can in its cavity
•Tuck 2 bacon slices into the neck cavity of the chicken
•Wrap the remaining slices down the sides of the chicken and secure with toothpicks
•Once coals have ashed over, drain water from wood chips and add them to hot coals
•Place chicken over indirect heat, using the legs and beer can to support the chicken on the grill
•Cover grill and allow chicken to cook undisturbed for one hour or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees
•Remove from grill and let rest for 5-10 minutes
•Gently twist and remove beer can from the chicken with tongs or insulated gloves
•Serve and enjoy!

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