Juicy Beer Can Chicken
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Serves: 4-6
  • 5lb fryer chicken (about)
  • ½ lemon thinly sliced into rounds
  • 3 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter sliced into thin squares
  • 16 oz beer can (any kind will do)
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (or more)
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coarse black pepper
  • Heating coals
  • 1-2 cups wood chips for smoking (optional)
  1. First set up your grill. You'll want to keep a temperature of about 250 degrees (roughly) Also set up your grill for indirect cooking. Next add your wood chips (about ½ cup starting off) onto coals.
  2. Next while your grill is heating up pour all of your rub ingredients into a small bowl and mix together.
  3. Next take your chicken, rinse with water and then pat dry. Discard innards (or save and add those to the grill as well).
  4. With your hand gently lift up the skin and stuff all over with the butter, garlic & lemon slices.
  5. Take about ¾ of your rub and rub all over the chicken and on the inside.
  6. Next crack open your beer of choice and discard (drink) about ½ the liquid. pour remaining rub spice into beer can.
  7. Place beer can into butt of chicken (if your chicken will be laying belly down, place mouth of beer can facing up so liquid does not pour out).
  8. Add another ½ cup of wood chips to coals and then take your chicken and place on grill (side with indirect heat aka no coals underneath). Cover lid and let chicken grill/smoke for about 1½ hours or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  9. One chicken is done cooking, remove from heat and tent with foil for at least 15 minutes before eating. Remove beer can. tear apart and serve.
Recipe by My Lavender Blues at https://mylavenderblues.com/juicy-beer-can-chicken/