My friend Jenn has been telling me about her Beer Can Chicken for a long time now and I’ve been interested ever since she first mentioned it (I love beer and I love chicken, so clearly this intrigued me). She has invited me multiple times to have it at her house and I have foolishly declined due to too much work, etc. But, I had some time on my hands today and thought, hey, why not try it out myself…. SO, I got to googling and I found this recipe and thought the spice rub sounded pretty great. It is intended to be cooked on a grill, but I cooked mine in the oven and it worked out pretty darn well… The beer makes the chicken stay really moist, which is part of why it’s so yummy…. and its SO easy. (Adapted from George Duran’s recipe)
P.S. This recipe will make your house smell AMAZING.
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
zest of 1 lemon
1 chicken (3 1/2 to 4-pound)
1 can of beer
Mix the ingredients for the Spice Rub until they are well blended. Rub it all over the chicken, inside and out.
Open the beer and take a big swig (or just pour out a couple of ounces). Sit the chicken on the beer can so the legs are at the bottom and the wings are at the top. Stand the beer can and the chicken on a shallow pan and place in oven.