Sunday, August 5, 2012

South Texas Beer Can Chicken

South Texas Beer Can Chicken

Beer can chicken is just so fun, juicy and tender.  It's not that difficult to do, but it does require time to allow the rub to set and about 2 hours to slow cook on a grill or in an oven and 4 hours in a smoker.   The roaster that holds the chicken can be found at many stores and are not expensive.  However, if you do not have one don't fret.  Just place the chicken over a 32 oz beer can and secure with string. Serves 4 to 6.

1 Roasting chicken
1 32 oz beer with at least 2 cups of beer left

Rinse chicken in cold water and pat dry. Make a rub (I used the following) and and add roughly 1/4 cup  to beer in can.  Place chicken over beer can tying legs together and pining wings to breast.

3/4 cup sweet paprika
3/4  cup chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp celery powder
2 tsp red pepper
2 tablespoon garlic salt
2 tablespoon lemon pepper

Stand chicken in a deep dish baking pan and brush lightly with olive oil (any oil will do).  Layer remaining rub generously over chicken .  Set the pan with the chicken in the fridge and loosely cover with plastic wrap so  not to disturb the rub.  Let chicken rest for six to eight hours. Cook in oven at 350 or on a medium set grill for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until done checking frequently.  Occasionally drizzle outside with additional beer to keep moist.

1 comment:

  1. Did you know that aluminum cans have a plastic lining. Why would you want to add that to your food?