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    Beer-Can Chicken

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    1 hr 40 mins

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    diner524's Note:

    I love to make this chicken and then I use the leftover cooked chicken for another meal. It is so moist and juicy!!! I do use Paula Deen's House Seasoning, which I will include a 1/4 of the recipe of it in the directions section.

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    1. 1
      Remove any bags of organs/neck/giblets.
    2. 2
      Rinse the chicken, and then pat it dry with paper towels.
    3. 3
      Sprinkle inside the cavity as well as outside with seasoned salt and house seasoning to taste.
    4. 4
      Drink/pour 1/3-1/2 of a can of beer, then add at least 1 tablespoon(or as much as you like) of minced garlic and 2 tablespoons lemon juice to the can. This is the time to add any herbs/seasonings your family likes, such as, oregano, thyme, rosemary etc.
    5. 5
      I then add this can to my beer-can chicken gadget, that I got at Walmart for less than 3 dollars, but you don't have to use one.
    6. 6
      Preheat grill to medium-high heat on one side.
    7. 7
      Place chicken over the top of beer can so that it goes into the cavity. I place mine in a shallow foil pan, so that I catch the juices, which then could be used to make gravy or stock. Now place chicken on the grill over an area that is not over direct heat, cover and cook for one hour and thirty minutes or more, as the size of the chicken will determine when it will be cooked through,until there are no red juices, it is done.
    8. 8
      House Seasoning: 1/3 cup salt, 1/8 cup pepper and 1/8 cup garlic powder. I use this mixture on almost all meats, just love it!

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    • on March 16, 2009


      This is a great recipe. I used it as a starting point. I mixed some olive oil, minced garlic, seasoning salt, thyme and rosemary to marinate the chicken, then added additional spices in the beer can as directed. I cooked mine in the oven for about 2 hours in a 350 oven (5 lb. chicken) and it was moist and delicious. Quick and easy (prep time) too. I was worried that the chicken would not stand upright on the beer can, but it did so effortlessly without any gadgets or anything. Thanks for posting. Will make again.

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    • on April 02, 2013


      This was the first time I made beer can chicken and it turned out well. I made mine in the oven but will try it on the grill whenever the weather permits. Thank you.

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    • on February 15, 2010


      This was ONE GREAT TASTNG chicken full of flavors. The fight was on for the last helpings last night. I had some extra seasoning salt that I used too. Other than that I followed the recipe as written. It was nice to get the grill going for a change during the winter. I might add some oregeno next time. Will repeat this . Made for Zaar Stars.

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    Nutritional Facts for Beer-Can Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (414 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1242.9
    Calories from Fat 768
    Total Fat 85.4 g
    Saturated Fat 24.4 g
    Cholesterol 425.2 mg
    Sodium 399.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 2.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.2 g
    Protein 105.8 g

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