BEER CAN CHICKEN
Preparation Time Preparation Time: 5 minutes Cook Time Cook Time: 90 minutes Serves Serves: 4-6 Cut:

BEER CAN CHICKEN

Ingredients

1 whole chicken (about 1.5 kg)
3/4 cup favourite marinade
1 can beer

Preparation

Put the chicken in a large sealable plastic bag and add your favourite marinade. Close the bag and turn it several times to make sure all of the chicken is coated with marinade. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

On a 2 burner barbecue, light one burner and set it to medium heat.

Open the can of beer and pour out about 1/4 cup. Make three more holes in the top of the can. Remove the chicken from the marinade and throw out the bag. Slide the chicken, with the legs pointing down, onto the can. The ends of the drumsticks should touch the bottom of the can and the chicken should stay upright on the can. Put the chicken and can over the unlit burner and use the legs to help keep the chicken upright. Close the barbecue lid. Grill for 45 minutes then turn the chicken 180 degrees to ensure even heating. Close the lid and continue cooking for another 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in the breast reads 180F (83C).

Remove the chicken and the can from the barbecue and put them on a plate so that the can remains upright. Tent loosely with foil and let stand for 15 minutes.  Gently lift the chicken off  the can and put the chicken on a cutting board. The can and liquid will be very hot so take care not to burn yourself.  Throw out the can and liquid. Cut the chicken into portions and serve.

Tip: This recipe also works well with a 355 mL can of lemonade or ice tea instead of a can of beer.

Liquor Marts suggests: a Beaujolais such as Albert Bichot Beaujolais AC.