Grill-Roasted Beer Can Chicken for a Charcoal Grill
Why This Recipe Works
We found that a curious cooking method—roasting a chicken over an open can of beer—produced a terrific chicken. The beer in the open can simmers and turns to steam as the chicken roasts, which makes the meat remarkably juicy and rich-textured, similar to braised chicken. As an added bonus, the dry heat of the grill crisps the skin and renders the fat away. To perfect the technique, we added a few hardwood chunks to the fire for smoky flavor. Finally, we found we didn’t have to spend money on an expensive beer—a cheap brew worked just fine.