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    Barbecued Beer Can Chicken (Cook's Country)

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    1 hr 50 mins

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    2Bleu's Note:

    From Cook's Country magazine Aug/Sept 2005

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    Serves: 6-8


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    • 4 cups wood chips



    Beer and chicken


    1. 1
      Soak wood chips in water while prepping grill and chicken.
    2. 2
      RUB: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
    3. 3
      GLAZE: Mix all glaze ingredients (reserve the empty beer cans, do not rinse) and just 1 tablespoons of the spice rub; set aside.
    4. 4
      FOR THE REST: Pour out about 1/2 cup or so from each can of beer. Using a church key can opener, punch holes in the top of the can to completely "open" the top; this will allow maximum steam to escape. Add 2 crumbled bay leaves to each can.
    5. 5
      Loosen the skin on the chicken breasts and thighs of the chicken by sliding your fingers between the skin and the meat. Massage the spice mixture on the skin, under the skin, and inside the cavity.
    6. 6
      Using a skewer, poke the skin all over to render as much fat as possible while cooking.
    7. 7
      Place chickens on cans; place on cool part of grill, using drumsticks to stabilize them. Cover and grill until skin is very well browned and very crisp, 40 to 60 minutes.
    8. 8
      Brush with ketchup glaze and grill, covered, until thigh meat registers 170 degrees on instant-read thermometer, about 20 minutes longer.
    9. 9
      Transfer chickens to cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 17, 2011


      I've done beer can chicken before, but never with this type of rub or glaze. I loved the taste of the glaze, so I knew I'd love it. I used a 4 1/2 lb chicken, so increased the cooking time a bit. I just used my thermometer to determine when it was done. I planned on making this Saturday, and when we started getting a rain storm (we really, really needed the rain!), I just pulled my grill under the covered area of my deck and cooked away. I had soaked my hickory chips overnight, and enjoyed a leisurely rainy afternoon smoking a wonderfully moist chicken with a delicious crispy skin. I do think I'll make more glaze next time, and keep some separate to just dunk the chicken in while I eat it. Made for Photo Tag. Thanks for sharing!

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    • on August 25, 2012


      EXCELLENT!!! I only used 1 chicken with half of the rub ingredients but the full amount for the glaze. I used mesquite wood chips to smoke the chicken with. Thanks 2Bleu for posting this recipe from Cook's Country magazine!

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    • on July 28, 2012


      Yummolicious! Really good chicken and a Keeper! Thank you 2Bleu for sharing:)

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    Nutritional Facts for Barbecued Beer Can Chicken (Cook's Country)

    Serving Size: 1 (333 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1085.1
    Calories from Fat 651
    Total Fat 72.3 g
    Saturated Fat 20.6 g
    Cholesterol 331.4 mg
    Sodium 1557.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
    Sugars 10.3 g
    Protein 78.9 g

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