Sunday, June 22, 2014

Beer Butt Chicken........

It's summer and time to get the grills fired up. At first, I thought Beer Butt Chicken was just a "Macho" type thing. You know, something the guys like to make. But once I made it, I fully understood the fascination with it. It is by far, the MOST moist chicken I have ever had!! Once you try this, you will understand all the hype. Soooo good!! You can use a light beer if you chose, Bud Light works great. Some people put a potato in the neck to help keep the steam in. I usually just pull the skin over the neck  cavity and that works fine. Also, if you put aluminum foil in your pan, it makes clean up a lot easier, if you are doing it in the oven. They also make a beer can/chicken holder as seen in the photo, but certainly not necessary. Make sure you "tuck" the wings so they don't burn.

Beer Butt Chicken (or Chicken on the Throne)
1 (4-pound) whole chicken
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons of your favorite dry spice rub
1 can beer (or soda)
Remove neck and giblets from chicken and freeze for making broth. Rinse chicken inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels. Rub chicken lightly with oil then rub inside and out with salt, pepper and the apply your dry rub. Set aside.
Open beer can and take several gulps. Place the half full beer can on a solid surface. Grabbing a chicken leg in each hand, plunk the bird cavity over the beer can. Transfer the bird-on-a-can to your grill and place in the center of the grate, balancing the bird on its 2 legs and the can like a tripod.
Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat (i.e. no coals or burners on directly under the bird), with the grill cover on, for approximately 1 1/4 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165F degrees in the breast area and 180 degrees F in the thigh, or until the thigh juice runs clear when stabbed with a sharp knife. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.
NOTE: Beer Butt Chicken can be done in the oven. Set chicken on the can and place on a pan with sides to collect the fat. Bake at 350F for 1 ½ - 2 hours. Check for doneness with thermometer. It should read the same as the temperatures given above.
Till next time......

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