Beer in the Rear Chicken
Just in time for Father’s Day this year I’m rolling out this recipe! It’s a crowd pleaser & conversation starter. You will impress the grilling crowd with this one.
If you’re from the South more than likely you’ve heard of beer can chicken. In my family it’s been dubbed as “beer in the rear” chicken (not by me of course) but, alas, that’s what it’s called. Regardless of what you call it it’s a juicy hot delicious mess! They even make a contraption or apparatus, if you will, to actually hold your beer can. I’m not kidding (check out the pic below.) There are quite a few of these contraptions on the market, check out this beer can chicken roaster.
Surprisingly it doesn’t taste like beer. Thank goodness, because I’m not a beer fan. Tried as I did in college I could never acquire the taste. But a wine bottle just won’t work in this situation, so beer it is LOL.
You (or your hubs in my case) drink half of the beer, then put the remaining half into the contraption and insert your seasoned chicken on top. If you don’t have this special piece of high tech equipment – haha- you can carefully set the chicken onto a grill tray & keep an eye on it. The beer evaporates and infuses the chicken making it moist & oh so juicy. The spice rub is hubs concoction and is ah-mazing.
If you’re worried about using beer, I have heard of people using Coca-Cola (being from Georgia I’m a Coke girl). I haven’t tried it myself so if you do, let me know what you think! So fire up your grill & give this one a go!
What you’ll need:
1 whole roasting chicken – large enough for your family
1 half can of beer of your choice (you can drink the other half, I won’t tell)
1/4 cup brown sugar
palmful of paprika
big pinch of dried minced garlic
big pinch of dried onion powder
s/p to taste
canola oil/vegetable oil
What to do:
Fire up your grill to a medium heat! While grill is heating, take your roasting chicken and rinse out the cavity well. Pat dry & set aside. In a bowl combine all of your spices to make your rub. Place your beer can (half full) into the beer can holder. Season the cavity of the chicken with your rub & then place the chicken on top of the beer can holder. Brush the chicken with oil to coat well. Take your spice rub & massage in into the bird. Be sure to cover all of it’s skin. Place your seasoned chicken in the middle of your grill over indirect heat. Turning chicken occasionally. Cook until juices run clear (about an hour to an hour & 15 minutes depending on the size of your bird). Allow chicken to cool slightly before removing from holder. Discard the beer can. Allow your chicken to rest for about 15 minutes prior to digging into it!
Would go great with:
Coleslaw or Potato Salad!
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