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Doing a beer can chicken is the only way to really enjoy a whole roaster whether you can do it on the barbecue or in the oven. I don't use a traditional beer can, I prefer to use the new style aluminum long neck cans, either 16 or 22 oz size, it gives the bird more stability, and it also comes out of the neck cavity of the bird which makes it easier to remove. I don't leave beer in the can, instead I put some tap water in the can and add seasoning to it. Also,I have found out that if you tuck the wingtips up behind the neck like you do with a turkey they will drop down to a normal posture when the bird is done. I also cut the skin between the body and the thighs when the bird is done to drain the juices out and use for this for a gravy base..Enjoy

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acs1971 February 11, 2013

Awesome delicious crispy-skinned chicken, and just about as good as doing it on the grill, but with set-and-forget ease. However, here's a Pro tip - DELETE THE BEER CAN. Why? 1.) If you don't eat paint chips or obsessively lick your Bud Light cans then why put a painted can inside your bird? The beer companies have disavowed this cooking method for this reason; can paint has not been USDA tested for toxicity. 2.) The half-can of beer does nothing, really. Think about it...it never reaches boiling temp inside the bird, so you don't get that "flavor-steam" you're imagining, and more importantly, 3.) Physics. Your metal can allows no beer vapors into the bird cavity; in fact any such evaporation is directed out of the top of the bird like a chimney. In fact you're putting a heat sink inside the chicken, making cook-through problematic. If anything, do this instead: Buy an inexpensive wire beer-butt chicken racks at your favorite big box or online store to stand your bird up, and then pop a nice halved onion or apple (or two); that will add flavor and unlike the impermeable metal can it will impart some moisture. If you must have the can, because beer butt, no biggie - it will still come out delicious. Can't go wrong! Now if you'll excuse me I must experiment with my whiskey-butt turkey...

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Dark S. November 08, 2015
How to Cook an Oven-Roasted Beer Can Chicken