Beer Can BBQ Chicken
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Beer Can BBQ Chicken

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Grill this delicious Beer Can BBQ Chicken while enjoying your favorite lager. While keeping the meat moist and the skin crisp, the beer will infuse a soft beer flavor to compliment that of the great BBQ rub.

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Ingredients

For the brine
1
cup water
1/3
cup salt
1/3
cup brown sugar
4
cans of beer (12 ounces each)
For the rub
2 1/2
tablespoons brown sugar
2
tablespoons ancho chile powder
2
tablespoons smoked paprika
2
tablespoons celery salt
2
tablespoons dry mustard
2
tablespoons ground cumin
1
tablespoon black pepper
1
tablespoon white pepper
1
tablespoon oregano
1
tablespoon granulated garlic powder
1
tablespoon granulated onion powder
1
tablespoon cayenne pepper
1
teaspoon cinnamon
For the chicken
1
whole chicken
1/2
can of beer
 
olive oil

Directions

Brine: 8-24 Hours, Prep: 25 Minutes, Cook: 1 Hour and 15 Minutes, Rest: 10 Minutes
1

To make the brine, mix water, salt and brown sugar in a 6-8 quart container until completely dissolved. Then add 4 cans of beer. Place the chicken in the brine. Cover and let it soak for 8-24 hours.

2

Rinse the chicken completely with cold water. Then pat it dry. Place the chicken back in the refrigerator for another hour.

3

In the meantime, combine all rub ingredients in a medium-size bowl.

4

Preheat on side of the grill to medium heat at 300-400°F. Leave the other side off for indirect heat.

5

Remove the chicken from the fridge. Coat with olive oil, inside and outside. Then liberally apply the dry rub. Let the chicken sit for 20 minutes before cooking.

6

Position the chicken’s cavity on top of the beer can, sliding the chicken down over the beer can.

7

Place the chicken on the grill over indirect heat. Cook to an internal temperature of 165°F, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

8

During your cook, open the lid only to baste with olive oil every 20-30 minutes.

9

Carefully remove the chicken from the grill. Let rest for 10 minutes before removing the beer can and serving.

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