Preheat your grill to 325°F using indirect heat.
Bacon Beer Can Chicken
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brush the chicken with the beer barbecue sauce 20 minutes before the chicken is done.
Remove from the grill and let rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.
Carefully lift the chicken off the beer can and slice.