Thursday, May 20, 2010

Smoked Beer Can Chicken

 Isnt she pretty?  Nicely browned, juicy inside and the flavor...

I think Im getting ahead of myself.  May I present Beer Can Chicken.  Not a new concept.  In fact, a recipe I've made before (if you know me, you know I rarely repeat recipes).  But not on the Egg.  I really wanted to compare and contrast how it tasted now verses last year on the grill. 

And here it is:  It was smokier (not a surprise as last year it was made on a gas grill).  It was crisper on the outside, and juicer on the inside.  Again, not a huge surprise as I can control the temperature on the Egg much better then the gas grill.  A nice 250 degrees for 90-ish minutes and done.

Yes, I do have a "fancy" (but cheap) chicken roaster for the grill.  Last year I didnt.  I improvised by putting the chicken directly on the beer can and anchoring it with bricks.

This is nice for a party - can be made early and will feed a crowd!

Robin Koury's Spice of Life Beer Can Chicken (from Grill It! with Bobby Flay)

4 pound chicken
1/4 cup paprika
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 heaping teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 can beer                         
3 cups apple wood smoking chips
1 disposable aluminum pie plate (or drip pan)
1 tablespoon honey

Soak the wood chips in water for at least 2 hours.

When ready to grill, preheat 1 of the burners to 350 degrees F.

Make sure the chicken is clean and innards are removed; pat dry with a paper towel and set aside. In a small mixing bowl, add paprika, brown sugar, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic salt, chili powder and mix well. Take the chicken and separate the skin from the breast taking care not to tear or remove skin. Apply the spice rub directly to the chicken breast, under the skin. Apply rub to the entire chicken, inside and out, reserving at least 2 tablespoons. Punch 2 holes at the top of the can, with a manual hand-held can opener. In a new bowl, mix butter and remaining spice rub. Add this mixture to the half-full can of beer. Place chicken over beer can and insert into the cavity of the chicken, keeping beer can standing up.

Place the wood chips in a foil smoker pouch over the active burner on the grill and set the chicken, on a pie plate, over the in-active burner. Close the lid. Rotate the chicken every 20 minutes. 5 minutes before cooking is complete, drizzle the honey over the chicken. The chicken should take about 1 hour and 20 minutes to cook, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 155 degrees F. Slice and serve.


  1. I’ve always wanted to try beer can chicken. It seems like such a fun and creative idea. After seeing your chicken, I’m definitely trying it!

  2. Great! Id love to hear your thoughts when you try it!