Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Beer Can Grilled Chicken

There's a novel method of cooking whole chickens on a grill by using a can of beer. It is an easy way to prop the chicken upright so that all of its sides will evenly cook and brown. Having a open can of beer inside will also help retain and add more moisture by the evaporation of the beer, and it just might even add some extra flavor. I seasoned a organic chicken with kosher salt, pepper, lemon, garlic and rosemary, next I stuck a full open can of Modelo Mexican beer inside the cavity. I then placed it on the middle of a hot grill, it is important to have the white hot coals scattered around the edge and not underneath the bird, because dripping fat will cause flare ups and char the skin. A room-temperature chicken will cook covered with the lid in about 45 minutes with a hot fire. Let it rest for at least 15 minutes before cutting to prevent all the juices from running out. It turned out great with perfect crispy skin and moist smoky flavored meat.

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