Grilled Beer-Can Chicken with Spicy Chili Rub

Amazing but true, propping an intensely seasoned chicken atop a can filled with beer, then grilling, produces a remarkably moist and flavorful bird.

  • prep time 1 hr 45 min
  • total time
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 4

Ingredients

1
(3 1/2 to 4-lb.) whole roasting chicken
1
tablespoon brown sugar
3
teaspoons paprika
1
teaspoon seasoned salt
1
teaspoon chili powder
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
1/2
teaspoon cumin
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1
(12-oz.) can beer
  • 1 Heat gas or charcoal grill for indirect cooking as directed by manufacturer (see Cook's Note). Remove and discard neck and giblets from chicken cavity. Rinse chicken with cold water; pat dry with paper towels.
  • 2 In small bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except beer; mix well. Rub mixture on inside and over outside of chicken, using all of mixture.
  • 3 Open beer can; with can opener, make several other openings in top. Measure out 2/3 cup beer; discard or reserve for another use. Spray outside of half-full can of beer with nonstick cooking spray; place in ungreased shallow roasting pan. Carefully place chicken cavity over can, pushing until chicken balances in pan.
  • 4 When grill is heated, using tongs and pancake turner, remove chicken and can from pan; place on grill directly over drip pan, making sure chicken is balanced. Cover grill; cook 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until chicken juices run clear and thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 180°F.
  • 5 With thick hot pads and tongs, carefully remove chicken and can from grill; place in clean baking pan or on serving platter. Twist can to remove from chicken; discard can. Let chicken stand 5 minutes before carving.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1/4 of Recipe
    Calories
    425
    (
    Calories from Fat
    215),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    24g
    24%
    (Saturated Fat
    7g,
    7%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    150mg
    150%;
    Sodium
    490mg
    490%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    5g
    5%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    3g
    3%
    ),
    Protein
    47g
    47%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    30%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    4%;
    Iron
    16%;
    Exchanges:
    7 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    0
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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