Orange Butt Chicken

READY IN: 2hrs 35mins




  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Remove one cooking rack from oven.
  • The other rack should be placed on the bottom.
  • Chicken should have at least 8 inches for cooking so it doesn't burn.
  • Bake chicken for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Remove and discard neck and giblets from chicken.
  • Rinse well and pat dry with paper towels.
  • In small bowl, mix together 1 teaspoon of salt, brown sugar and chili powder; mix well.
  • Rub this mixture into chicken cavity.
  • Measure 2/3 cup of orange soda from can; set aside.
  • In another bowl, mix remaining salt, brown sugar and chili powder along with 1/4 cup orange marmalade and 2 teaspoons of orange soda for glazing.
  • Spray outside of soda can with nonstick cooking spray; place in a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking ban lined with aluminum foil.
  • This step is if you are cooking it in the oven.
  • Carefully set chicken cavity over can, pushing until chicken balances in pan.
  • Rub skin with oil.
  • During last 30 minutes, paste with marmalade sauce.
  • When chicken is done,use thick hot pads and tongs to remove chicken from baking pan;let stand for five to ten minutes before removing soda can.
  • Don't tilt chicken because beverage is very hot.
  • Remove can by twisting; discard.
  • For orange sauce, place 1/3 cup marmalade and 2 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon orange soda in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds or until warm and bubbly.
  • Serve over chicken.
  • For grilling, make sure you have at least 8 inch clearance for chicken to stand up.
  • Rack should be at lowest position.
  • For indirect grilling, you must have a drip pan with a little water placed under the chicken to prevent flare-ups.
  • When removing chicken from grill, place a large spatula for grilling under the can for transporting.
  • To eliminate this problem, I purchased a beer butt chicken can holder that is specially designed to hold the beer can and help keep the chicken balanced from WalMart.
  • It works wonderful.
  • To remove chicken from can, let cool and then twist can.