Bacon Beer Can Chicken
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Bacon Beer Can Chicken

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Just when you thought nothing could be better than beer can chicken…we added bacon. That’s right. We combined your two favorite food groups into one succulent Bacon Beer Can Chicken. The beer keeps it juicy, moist and tender and the bacon, well the bacon puts it over the top. Then, we topped it all off with some tasty beer barbecue sauce.

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Ingredients

Serves 2-4
For the Chicken
1
whole chicken, 3 to 5 pounds
1
can lager beer
4 to 6
bacon strips
For the Dry Rub
2
teaspoons brown sugar
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2
teaspoon black pepper
1/2
teaspoon chili powder
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
For the Beer Barbecue Sauce
1
cup ketchup
1/2
cup lager beer
1/2
cup brown sugar
1
tablespoon molasses
3
tablespoons white vinegar
2
teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Prep: 15 Minutes, Cook: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
1

Preheat your grill to 325°F using indirect heat.

2

Open a can of lager beer and pour half into a deep-dish pan. Set the can in the center of a beer can chicken rack and lock it in place. Place the rack in the center of the deep dish and slide the whole chicken, leg side down, over the can of beer.

3

In a medium-size bowl, combine brown sugar, salt, smoked paprika, black pepper, chili powder and garlic powder. Mix with your hands to ensure there are no lumps. Season the chicken on all sides with the dry rub.

4

Insert one end of a bacon strip into the chicken’s top cavity and let the strip hang down over the chicken’s breasts. Cover the chicken’s breasts completely with 4 to 6 bacon strips.

5

Place the standing bacon beer can chicken over indirect heat and close the lid. Cook until the internal temperature of the bird reaches 165°F on an instant read thermometer, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

6

While the chicken is cooking, combine ketchup, beer, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes.

7

Brush the chicken with the beer barbecue sauce 20 minutes before the chicken is done.

8

Remove from the grill and let rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.

9

Carefully lift the chicken off the beer can and slice.

10

Serve with a side of barbecue sauce and some French fries or try our Balsamic Glazed Potatoes and Carrots.

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  • B. Cam | Jan 21, 2020

    We absolutely loved this! I followed the directions and it turned out perfect!
    My hubs love the bbq sauce. I have made it for other recipes since.

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