Grill-Roasted Beer Can Chicken for a Charcoal Grill

From Beer Can Chicken Dinner

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-textur...

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.

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Beer Can Chicken DinnerSeason 7, Ep. 719

In this episode, we show you how the strangest-sounding methods can sometimes be the most rewarding and how a few easy tricks can give an old standby, like roast chicken, a new lift.