Beer Can Chicken... or more notably; Beer Butt Chicken

Beer Can Chicken

1 whole chicken, cleaned and patted dry
1 can beer (fruit juice or soda like 7-up, Sprite, etc.)

Season the chicken inside and out with desired seasonings. Drink or pour out 1/3 of the beer and insert the chicken over the can in an upright position. Place on a roasting pan in 350 degree oven and roast 1 1/2 hours or grill over medium heat until done. The alcohol cooks off but leaves the meat moist and delicious!

*seasoning ideas are purely up to you. Some of my favorites;

  • 1 whole lemon halved, and 1 onion inside the bird with lemon juice, garlic and lemon pepper outside
  • 1 whole lime halved with lime and garlic spread outside - can add cumin for a little Mexican flavor
  • A dry rub mixture of; salt, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, a touch of thyme and oregano with a dash of cumin
  • Salt, with a touch of thyme, marjoram, garlic salt, paprika, curry, onion powder, dill and celery salt
  • Onion powder with about half as much garlic powder, paprika, mustard powder, thyme, white pepper and celery seed
  • Dried Sage, thyme, marjoram and pepper
  • 1 quartered orange, lemon and onion inside with garlic, salt and pepper rubbed on the outside

Basically, with chicken you can't go wrong! Any spices seem to work well and don't worry about using 'too much' as with chicken, the spices tend to dissipate and won't be strong tasting. Even if you forgo spices and just use salt and pepper it's still going to be perfect and delicious.

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