Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
Using regular salt no wood chips it worked well too. If you don't have beer cans--put beer into pop cans. You can use water, pop, ice tea or lemonade in the cans. On a barbecue with the three burners you will be able to cook 5 chickens at once or maybe 6. The centre burner was turned off. Recipes For The Boundless Appetite.
- 1 (3 1/2 lb) chicken
- vegetable oil, to coat chicken before applying dry rub
FOR THE MARINADE
- 1 (12 ounce) can dark beer
- 1⁄3 cup Dijon mustard
- 1⁄3 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 medium onion, chopped fine
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
FOR THE DRY RUB
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon celery seed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
FOR THE BARBECUE
- 2 cups wood chips, preferably chunks,soaked 1 hour in
- water or beer, then drained
- Make the marinade by combining all marinade ingredients: whisk well to mix.
- Remove and discard any giblets and fat just inside the body and neck cavities.
- Rinse the chicken inside and out under cold running water, then drain and blot dry inside and out with a paper towel.
- Place chicken with the marinade inside a large resealable plastic freezer bag and marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, turning the bird several times to marinate evenly.
- Make the rub by combining all rub ingredients; set aside.
- Open the beer can and pour half the beer over the soaking wood chips.
- Remove the chicken from the bag with the marinade.
- DISCARD marinade.
- Sprinkle 1 teaspoons of the dry rub inside the neck cavity of the bird.
- Drizzle oil over the outside of the bird and rub or brush dry rub all over the skin.
- Spoon the remaining dry rub into the half-filled can of beer (beer may foam, which is normal).
- Using a church key can opener, make 2 additional holes in the top of the can.
- Hold the bird upright, with the opening of the body cavity at the bottom, and lower it onto the beer can so the can fits into the body cavity.
- Pull the legs forward to form a tripod, so the bird stands upright (the rear leg of the tripod is the beer can).
- Tuck the tips of the wings behind the chickens back.
- Light the gas barbecue and, using an oven thermometer inside the closed grill, heat to 350°F When warmed, turn off one of the burners and stand the chicken upright on the can over the NON-LIT burner.
- Place oven thermometer beside the chicken, not above the direct heat.
- Wrap the soaked wood chips loosely in foil, punching a few holes in the foil to allow smoke to escape, and place foil pouch directly over the LIT burner.
- Reduce heat, if necessary, to maintain interior temperature at 350°F Close lid.
- Cook until chicken skin is dark golden brown and the meat is cooked through, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
- Use an instant reading meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh, not touching bone; chicken is done when the meat thermometer is 180°F If chicken skin starts to brown too much, loosely tent the bird with aluminum foil.
- When done, remove bird and let rest, standing on a platter at room temperature, about 5 minutes.
- Lift chicken off the can, taking care not to spill hot beer.
- To serve, cut chicken in half or quarters.
This recipe is pretty tasty. When making beer can chicken or "beer in the rear" chicken you can actually use beer or a canned soda pop. ITs the moisture that softens the chicken.
We have fixed this several times. I will use the chicken for chicken salads..it's always soooo tender and tasty.
Olga, Thank you for your recipe. A week ago we tried another recipe for a Chicken Barbeques on a Beer Car. We tried yours because the ingredients (marinade and rub) were more to our taste. And, we were right! I believe simple and easy is best. Sometimes I try a recipe that is more involved. I am glad I tried this one. This style of chicken is so tender. The flavours are great. One thing I like about cooking is the opportunity to adapt a recipe. For example, smoking the chicken sounded good. It was 'okay' but it did not suit us. The next time we use this recipe we will try it without smoking. We will BBQ two chickens for a family celebration shortly. We will use this recipe and we are sure it will be a hit. Again Olga, thank you for posting this recipe.