Beer can chicken

Beer can chicken

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4 - 6
This method of cooking a chicken may look a little undignified, but it is guaranteed to keep the meat really tender and juicy

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal397
  • fat24g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre0g
  • protein38g
  • salt1.6g
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Ingredients

  • 1.8kg chicken
    Chicken

    Chicken

    chik-en

    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 440ml can of beer

For the rub

  • 1 tbsp muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
    Paprika

    Paprika

    pa-preek-ah

    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp English mustard powder
  • 2 tsp thyme

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1½ tsp celery salt

Method

  1. Light a lidded barbecue. Let the flames die down and the coals turn ashen, then mound the coal up on one side. If using a small barbecue, you will have to remove the grills and place a sturdy roasting tin on the floor of the barbecue, next to the coals – this will give you space to close the lid once the chicken is in. If you have a large barbecue, the chicken can sit directly on the grills (or on a tray on the grills, so that it doesn’t topple over.)

  2. To make the rub, mix all the ingredients together with a good grinding of black pepper. Drizzle the chicken with the oil, sprinkle over the rub and massage it into the skin, making sure you get into all the nooks and crannies, even inside the cavity.

  3. Use a can opener to take off the top of the can of beer. Pour out half the beer (tip into a glass to drink!) and leave the rest in the can, as it will keep the chicken moist while it cooks. Pop the chicken onto the can, legs down, so that it looks like it is sitting upright with the can in its cavity. Stand the chicken and can upright on the barbecue, either in the roasting tin or directly on the grill, on the side with no coals. Close the lid and cook for 1 hr 20 mins until the chicken is browned, the meat tender and the juices run clear. If the juices aren’t clear, cook for a further 10 mins, then check again. (To cook in the oven, heat to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Sit the chicken on a baking tray, place in the bottom of the oven, and follow the same cooking time.)

  4. Remove the chicken from the barbecue, cover lightly with foil and leave to rest for 20 mins before serving.

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Comments (5)

atkinsd's picture
5

Great way to cook chicken. Used oven method only.

jack kiley's picture

I was disappointed that there wasn't any bacon on the Jamaican beer can chicken

jack kiley's picture

I was disappointed by being miss leed about the bacon when it is called beer can chicken :(

ahrb's picture
5

This is a brilliant way to cook chicken! We used a can of cider as no one fancied drinking the beer and the flavours worked well, I am keen though to try it with beer to see how it differs.

katycooks's picture
5

I made this in the oven and was absolutely amazed at how delicious and juicy the chicken was. You do have to use the whole oven for it (by taking out the other shelves), but the results are tremendous - best roast chicken ever!

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