Recipe by Tootalltygerlily
For years I have been hearing about roasting a whole chicken on the barbecue while using a can of beer as a sort of steamer/baster. I had no idea what I was doing when I tried it myself, but I was game to try and this is the recipe that I ended up making. It turned out quite juicy and tasty. I also used some beer to baste the outside of the chicken at the same time by using a basting brush.
Top Review by Audrey M
Our family loves chicken done this way. You can actually purchase a beer butt can holder on the internet, Lowe's (a home improvement store, or WalMart. Makes the chicken stand up better and supports the beer can.
- 3 1⁄2-4 lbs chicken
- 1 can beer (your choice, I prefer to use Heinekin)
- salt and pepper
- garlic granules, to taste
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat barbecue.
- Carefully place chicken onto to open beer can (you may cut the top off the can of beer if you wish).
- Rub the salt, pepper, sage and garlic onto the outside of chicken.
- For those who like extra garlic, either half or quarter some cloves of garlic; using a knife, slice some little holes all over the bird and stuff the garlic into those holes.
- Carefully place your chicken with the beer can in its cavity onto the grill.
- To help balance it, pull the legs of the chicken slightly forward to rest on the grill.
- Cook the chicken on low-medium heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until skin is crisp and the juices run clear.
- Remove with tongs and let the chicken sit for about 10-15 minutes until the chicken and beer can is cool enough to handle.
- Once chicken is cooled, remove from beer can (discard beer can and any left over contents) and slice up bird as you ordinarily would.