Is it just me, or is beer can chicken a boy thing?
Look, I grew up with 4 younger brothers, and if you informed them you were going to insert a half-drunk beer into the butt of a chicken and grill it, I think they would actually get interested in cooking.
But hear me out. Even though the chicken is dry roasting on the outdoors, the within is being bathed with steamy beer, retaining the chicken meat wonderfully moist.
The consequence is tender, falling-off-the-bone meat, encased in salty, herby, crispy skin.
What follows is a basic approach for beer can chicken (also acknowledged as beer butt chicken for evident motives).
We’re using just some olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme on the chicken, which we feel brings out the greatest in the chicken’s flavor. You can easily experiment with your favorite spice rub, or even use wine or root beer instead of a normal beer.
Beer Can Chicken Recipe
- Cook time: 1 hour, thirty minutes
- Yield: Serves four
You can also roast a chicken this way in the oven. Just place it as directed on an open half-filled can of beer, sitting up, in a roasting pan on the reduced rack of your oven. Roast at 350°F until carried out (about an hour fifteen to an hour and a half for a four lb chicken).
For an alcohol-free edition of this recipe, just fill a pint mason jar halfway with chicken stock and use it instead of the beer.
You can also use an open can of baked beans (get rid of the label) as an alternative of the beer. The chicken juices will run into and taste the baked beans, which you can then use as a side dish for the chicken.
- 1 4-pound total chicken
- two tablespoons further virgin olive oil or other vegetable oil
- one opened, half-full can of beer, space temperature
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt or sea salt
- two tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 Tbsp dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
1 Prepare your grill for indirect heat: If you are making use of charcoal, place the coals on 1 side of the grill, leaving an additional side free of charge of coals. If you are employing a gas grill, fire up only half of the burners.
2 Season the chicken, rub with oil: Get rid of neck and giblets from cavity of chicken, if the chicken came with them. Mix the salt, pepper, and thyme in a small bowl, and rub it all over the chicken. Rub the chicken all over with olive oil.
three Decrease chicken onto half-filled beer can: Make positive the beer can is open, and only half-filled with beer (drink the other half!) If you want, you can place a sprig of thyme (or yet another herb like rosemary or sage) in the beer can.
Reduce the chicken on to the open can, so that the chicken is sitting upright, with the can in its cavity.
four Grill on indirect heat: Spot the chicken on the awesome side of the grill, employing the legs and beer can as a tripod to assistance the chicken on the grill and maintain it secure.
Cover the grill and stroll away. Do not even check the chicken for at least an hour. After an hour, check the chicken and refresh the coals if necessary (if you are employing a charcoal grill).
Preserve checking the chicken each and every 15 minutes or so, until finally a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the thigh reads 160°F – 165°F.
The total cooking time will fluctuate dependent on the size of your chicken, and the internal temperature of the grill. A 4 lb chicken will typically take all around one 1/two hours.
If you don’t have a meat thermometer, a way to inform if the chicken is done is to poke it deeply with a knife (the thigh is a excellent location to do this), if the juices run clear, not pink, the chicken is carried out.
five Cautiously transfer the chicken to a tray or pan. I say “very carefully” due to the fact the beer can, and the beer within of it, is really sizzling. One particular way to do this is to slide a metal spatula under the bottom of the beer can. Use tongs to hold the prime of the chicken.
Lift the chicken, beer can nonetheless inside, and move it to a tray. Allow the chicken rest for ten minutes. Very carefully lift the chicken off of the can. If it will get caught, lay the chicken on its side, and pull out the can with tongs.
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