This is also known here in Western PA as “Beer Can Chicken”. It is by far my favorite way to cook chicken on the grill. There isn’t anything better than smoky, spicy, crispy skin and juicy, tender meat underneath. Very yummy! I used to buy a pre-made spice rub….but it costs $4.99 per jar (about 1/2 cup). So my hubby and I started playing around with different combinations and finally came up with one we love (recipe follows). I usually serve it with simple roasted potato wedges and a big salad.
Chicken Spice Rub
1/4 cup paprika
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1/4 cup ground cumin
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon dry mustard
Mix all ingredients. It makes approximately 1 1/4 cups of rub and will keep for 1 – 2 months in an airtight container. But for me, it never lasts that long!
To make this recipe, rub the outside of 1 whole chicken with enough rub to make a nice crust. I usually use one-third to one-half of the above recipe. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 4 – 6 hours, preferably overnight. Open up one can of beer and pour out 1/3. Place the chicken on top of the beer and press down so that the beer is inside the cavity of the chicken. Put the chicken on the grill, keeping the temperature low. I typically buy six pound chickens and it takes about 2 – 2 1/2 hours to cook through. To check, pierce the chicken between the thigh and body, if the juices are clear – it’s done. Remove from the grill and let rest under an aluminum foil ”tent” for 10 minutes. It’s now ready to eat! This takes a little time, but is so worth the wait. The chicken comes out tender and juicy, with a wonderfully crisp crust.
Chicken: $11.84 for a six pound roaster/$5.99 for one rotisseree chicken (already cooked, about 3 pounds)
Spice Rub: $2.00 to make (can be less depending on where you get your spices)/$4.99 per tub
Roast Potatoes: $1.25 (I used half of a 5 pound bag, cut them into wedges, tossed with salt, pepper and olive oil – Roasted at 400 degrees for 45 minutes)/2/$6.00 for frozen potatoes
Salad Dressing: minimum cost (I toss olive oil and red wine vinegar together with salt, pepper, one mince garlic clove and 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard)/$2.99 for one bottle of balsamic vinaigrette
Total Cost: $15.09 – homemade
Total Cost: $22.96 – store-bought
That’s a savings of $7.87 – and it tastes way better made from scratch! I hope you give this strange recipe a try, if you do, I promise you’ll love it too!