About this recipe: Whole chickens are rubbed with a spice rub, before being place onto a half full can of beer and barbecued. This recipe produces a robustly flavoured chicken, every time.
Cherry wood chips can be purchased online.
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There's nothing quite like Beer Can Chicken at an outdoor BBQ! Ever since stumbling onto recipes like these here on AR we make these every summer. And, since there's never a shortage of beer in this house or neighbor's to help us eat these birds they've become a favorite. One I made with regular paprika and one I made with smoked paprika and I added a couple teaspoons of garlic powder to each one. It's much easier to take the seasoning mixture and blend it with melted butter vs. veg. oil and place half of it into the beer can and baste the chicken with the other half. Invest in the holder that you can purchase at Wal-Mart or Bed, Bath, & Beyond, you'll be glad you did! - 10 Jul 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I used this recipe as my template - I sprayed the chicken with cooking spray, rubbed on my favorite spices and used the rest for the beer can. Wood chips are a must! I used indirect heat (one side of grill turned off), kept the temp at 350 turning the chicken around halfway thru. Best chicken ever - moist and tender and flavorful. We are SO using this to make dinner for Father's Day. Best thing? No hot oven to overheat the house during the summer. Thanks, this is a keeper! - 03 Jun 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I also put a small red potato over the neck of the chicken so the meat steams from the inside and stays nice and moist. you could also use small balls of aluminum foil. 6/24/2010 For those of you that don't have a rack use a 24oz can for more leverage. 7/11/2010 Sorry that's a 16oz can. - 16 Jun 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)