Beer Can Chicken, or not!

  • Chicken, washed and pat dry
  • Oil, I like to use olive oil
  • 12oz can of beer, or for this instance, I had a can of Minute Maid Lemonade - wash the can before opening.
  • Spices- since I had the lemonade, I decided to use: cinnamon, cloves, orange peel (chopped fine), garlic powder, pepper and finally some course salt. I always make a mixture that fills about 3-4 tablespoons. The salt is about 1/2 the mixture.

Open your can of beer, or in this case, lemonade. Pour out or drink about 1/4 of the can.

Take your cleaned chicken, and put about a teaspoon or two of the spice mix inside the chicken cavity, and spread it around, it should stick to the sides.

Then place your chicken upright onto the can. Yes, the can goes inside the chicken! I also added a chunk of the orange (about 1/8 of it) right through the neck area on top, inside the chicken. You don't have to do that step. I just had the orange, so I added it.

Put some olive oil onto a paper towel (I have done this with my hands - though it's messy), and spread all over the chicken.

Take your spice mix and pat it all over the chicken (the olive oil helps it stick).

My husband likes to add a little aluminum foil around the ends of the chicken legs, so the don't get burned.

Have your grill ready, we like to use the indirect method. After the coals are ready, we move 1/2 to just off the middle, and then the other half just off the other side, leaving an empty space in the middle. It's so that you don't have the intense heat under the chicken.

You cook the chicken slowly, it takes about 1-1/2 hours (sometimes sooner). About halfway through cooking, you will probably need to add more coals to keep a constant temperature.

When done, take the chicken off of the grill, and let it set for 10-15 minutes before taking it off of the can and cutting it up. Enjoy!

**As a note, I do enjoy using fresh herbs, instead of the dried, powdered herbs/spices. Fresh rosemary, thyme, basil, shallots (whatever you like) chopped fine and added to the course salt is absolutely wonderful!