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Fool-Proof Beer Can Chicken

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CourseMain Course
CuisineAmerican
DietGluten Free, Low Lactose
Keywordchicken, grilled
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 20 minutes
Servings4 servings
Calories641kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cans lager beer or other mild beer
  • 1 whole chicken

For the spice rub:

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp pepper

For the BBQ lathering sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp worcheshire
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Heat grill to 350 degrees. You will need to maintain this temp and provide a place for the chicken with indirect heat.
  • Combine brown sugar, chili powder, oregano, garlic, onion powder, paprika, and pepper. Rub on the chicken to evenly coat.
  • Insert beer can into chicken to make it stand up. Place into the grill for 1 hour on indirect heat.
  • Add ½ cup of beer, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, worcheshire, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Lower grill to 300 degrees.
  • Brush chicken with ¾ of the bbq sauce and place back into the grill for 45 minutes.
  • Check to see if the internal temp has reached 165 degrees. If not, brush the chicken with more sauce and return to the grill for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Repeat brushing the chicken and grilling for 15 minutes until the temp reaches 165 degrees.
  • When 165 degrees is reached brush the chicken one last time, turn off the grill, and let rest for 7 - 10 minutes before removing from the heat.

Nutrition

Calories: 641kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1332mg | Potassium: 844mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 1132IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 3mg