What’s our best secret to succulent summertime chicken? A can of beer, of course! The steam from the beer and the savory rub keep the meat tender and flavorful, and all you’ll need to make it happen are a few simple tools and a working grill.
What you’ll need:
- Ingredients for our Basic Barbecue Rub
- 1 whole chicken (4 to 4 ½ lb)
- 1 can (12 oz) beer or nonalcoholic beer
- Small bowl
- Ovenproof meat thermometer
- Gas or charcoal grill
- Carving knife
- 13x9-inch pan
- Metal spatula
1. In small bowl, mix rub ingredients. Fold wings of chicken across back with tips touching. Sprinkle rub inside cavity and all over outside of chicken; rub with fingers.
2. Pour out ½ cup of beer from can. Holding chicken upright with larger opening of body cavity downward, insert beer can into larger cavity. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh and does not touch bone.
3. Heat gas or charcoal grill. For two-burner gas grill, heat one burner to medium; place chicken with beer can upright on unheated side. For one-burner gas grill, place chicken with beer can upright over low heat. For charcoal grill, move coals to edge of firebox; place chicken with beer can upright on grill rack. Cover grill and cook 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until thermometer reads at least 165°F. Using tongs, carefully lift chicken to 13x9-inch pan, holding spatula under beer can for support.