For your next party at home, family get-together, or picnic in Metro Tagaytay, fire up the grill and make some awesome easy Beer Can Chicken. The ladies of Party Bluprints (easily one of our favorite party planning blogs) show us how.
Some call it Beer Can Chicken or Drunkin’ Chicken, we just call it delicious! The beautiful golden color of the finished bird comes from the steam inside. The steam (from the beer) also flavors the meat and keeps it moist. It’s a great alternative to hamburgers and hot dogs, and will also get a few laughs out of your guests!
BEER CAN CHICKEN RECIPE
2 – 2.5 to 3 lb. whole chickens (for slightly larger chickens adjust cooking time accordingly)
2 cans of beer
- Preheat grill on low.
- Clean chickens (make sure to remove giblets from cavity before rinsing inside and out with water) and pat them dry.
- Rub chickens inside and out with olive oil, followed by kosher salt and rosemary.
- Pour out 50% of beer in each can (reserve for your consumption or another use). Place cavity of chicken over can and use legs as a tripod to keep it standing, repeat with other chicken
- Note: check your local “home” store to buy a “stand” for the chicken, as pictured above, just follow directions on the package.
- Transfer Beer Can Chickens to the grill as pictured and cook on low for approximately 90 minutes with the cover down until skin is dark golden brown and crispy and internal temperature reaches 180°. Use a meat thermometer in the inner thigh, just like checking a turkey. When you cut into it the juices should run clear, not pink.
Tips and Variations
- Serve up your Beer Can Chicken with whatever you like– corn on the cob, grilled vegetables, mashed potatoes, steamed rice, coleslaw, etc.
- Chicken giblets can be discarded or saved to make a tasty gravy, stock, soup or pâté.
- If your grill doesn’t have a cover, cover the chicken with a large stock pot.
- Let the meat stand for 15 minutes for easier carving.
- Brining the chicken beforehand can also give some extra flavor to your chicken.
- Other people also add herbs to the beer, or to the cavity.
- Some people add half a lemon or an orange in the cavity as well.
- Beer Can Chicken Recipe from Dawn of Party Bluprints.
- The Betty Crocker website for more interesting Beer Can Chicken tips