Grilling season is upon us! Beer-Can Chicken has long been an American grilling staple, signifying that at last summer time is here. This is a great way to grill an entire chicken, taking all of the guesswork out of keeping it moist and flavorful, while not overly cooked.
The graphic below, from ereplacementparts.com, is a perfect guide to help you know how to cook the best Beer-Can Chicken:
Now, Beer-Can Chicken is the name, but you don’t have to use beer. Almost any canned beverage of your choice would work, including Root Beer! Below are two recipe choices to season your bird, a Root Beer BBQ Dry Rub and a Classic Pilsner/Lager Spicy Dry Rub:
Regardless of the dry rub you choose, after cleaning out the chicken, mix these dry ingredients together and heavily apply the dry rub all over the entire chicken. Now that you have the tips, tricks, and seasoning necessary to grill your chicken, there are just three easy steps you need to execute:
It’s easiest to insert the can into the bird right at the grill, in order to avoid it tipping over and creating a mess. Once your chicken reaches 165 degrees, you’ll need to remove the can and the chicken from the grill. Take some extra care to safely remove the bird from the grill; use grill tongs placed in the neck cavity to secure the bird from the top while carefully holding the bottom of the can with some oven mitts or pot holders. The can will be hot, you can burn yourself and you don’t want to spill any liquid from the can. That’s all it takes, now fire up the grill and get started!
Don’t forget to grill some delicious side dishes to complement your chicken; below are The Food Channel’s favorite grilled sides:
Easy Grilled Asparagus
Simple and delicious, asparagus has an amazing flavor when grilled over an open flame. Click here for the Easy Grilled Asparagus recipe.
Grilled Potato Salad with Red Onions and Mustard Vinaigrette
This hearty side dish pairs beautifully with smoky grilled meats and classic BBQ. Bonus? You can prepare it all on the BBQ grill at the same time! Click here for the Grilled Potato Salad with Red Onions and Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe.
Grilled Corn with Chipotle-Lime Butter
Freshly picked summer corn gets a kick of smoky chipotle spice and a zest of fresh lime. Click here for the Grilled Corn with Chipotle-Lime Butter recipe.
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes with Grilled Peppers and Onions
A tasty summer recipe using an abundance of fresh vegetables, slow roasted over an open flame grill or oven! Click here for the Rosemary Roasted Potatoes with Grilled Peppers and Onions recipe.
Caprese Salad Skewers
You may have had Caprese Salad, but have you ever enjoyed it as finger food? It’s perfect for barbecues and family get-togethers, and remarkably easy! Click here for the Caprese Salad Skewer recipe.