This simple cooking method uses evaporation from a beverage can to provide the tastiest, juiciest chicken you’ve ever cooked on your barbecue. The only equipment required is a can of beer and a beer can chicken holder. Some of them even come with built in reservoirs that you can fill with any liquid you desire.
- Coat the bird – inside and out – with spice rub of your choice. Be generous with the rub.
- Drink about half a can of something, and then poke a few holes in the top of the can for extra evaporation.
- Put the half-full can in the centre of the drip pan and lock the support rods into place around the can.
- Settle the bird (business end first) over the can and wire frame.
- Grill over indirect heat until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit – about an hour.
- Use a temperature gauge to know for sure.
- Be careful when removing your bird from the grill; the drip pan will likely contain hot drippings.
- Let the bird rest a while (foil it to keep the moisture and heat in), so that it can reabsorb the juices before carving.
- Almost any canned beverage works – try a few different varieties to find your favourite.
- You can also add herbs and spices to the liquid inside the can if desired.
- Chickens cooked on the barbecue tend to cook more quickly because the heat and moisture are delivered right to the centre of the bird.
- Consider a remote thermometer if you really want to relax and not have to keep lifting the lid every few minutes to find out the temperature.
- Work rubs into the meat for best results, the longer it sits before cooking the stronger the flavours will be.
- To keep more moisture in the bird place the stand and bird in a roasting pan instead of directly on the grill if yours doesn’t come with a catch pan.
- Put half an onion over the neck cavity of the chicken and secure with a toothpick.
- Brine the chicken overnight before cooking it.
- Let the chicken warm up to room temperature before cooking
- For extra flavour inject marinade or beer into the chicken with a marinade injector.
- Oil up the can and stand to prevent sticking.