The more the merrier in Heather’s Florida Kitchen! That’s why I have teamed with the fabulous folks over at Orlando’s WOMX Mix 105.1 to offer the morning show’s Recipe of the Week. Today’s recipe for Beer Can Chicken begins my countdown to July 4 festivities. From now through Independence Day I’ll be showcasing great recipes worthy of red, white and blue celebrations. The seasoning rub on the chicken yields crisp flavorful skin, while cooking the bird over a can of beer keeps the meat tender and juicy. You can substitute a can of soda if desired. I have had good results using root beer on occasion. Every Thursday, you can find more recipes exclusively for Mix 105.1’s Morning Mix here and at the radio station’s website.
Beer Can Chicken
Yield: 10 servings
2 tablespoons seasoned salt
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons finely-minced fresh parsley
2 teaspoons coarsely-ground black pepper
1 whole chicken, about 5 pounds
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (12-ounce) can of beer
Lime wedges for serving
Chopped parsley for garnish
1. Prepare grill for indirect medium heat (350F-375F). Preheat grill by turning all burners to medium. Turn off burner(s) on one side of grill.
2. Mix seasoned salt, sugar, garlic powder, parsley and pepper in small bowl. Rub chicken with oil. Rub cavity with 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mixture. Sprinkle remaining seasoning mixture under skin and over surface of chicken.
3. Open and drink about 1/4 cup beer from can and then carefully poke 2 more small opening holes in top of can. Hold chicken upright (legs pointing down) and insert opened beer can into cavity. Stand chicken in upright position on unlit side of grill. Position legs to best support chicken (similar to a tripod). Close lid.
4. Grill chicken 1 1/2 hours or until cooked through (internal temperature reaches 165°F in the thigh). Remove chicken from can before serving. Cut into serving pieces and serve with lime wedges and top with chopped parsley for garnish.
Recipe note: This has become such a popular way of cooking chicken most housewares stores sell small drip pans with a holder for the cans. These are very stable and prevent the bird from tipping over.
SOURCE: Adapted from McCormick & Co.