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Beer-Can Chicken

Beer-Can Chicken
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  1. In a blender, food processor, or spice grinder, combine the chilies, sugar, salt, and spices.
  2. Remove the neck and giblets from the chicken and discard. Rub the chicken inside and out with the spice rub. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Light a charcoal grill and allow the coals to burn until covered with gray ash or heat a gas grill to medium.
  4. Drink half the beer; leave the other half in the can. Slide the chicken over the can and place in the center of the cooking grate, balancing the chicken on its two legs and the can, like a tripod. Cover grill.
  5. Grill about 1 1/4 hours or until an instant-read thermometer registers 170° F inserted in the breast and 180° F in the thigh, or until the juices run clear. Carefully remove the chicken and hot can from grill. Let the chicken rest 10 minutes before lifting it from the can.
By August, 2001

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 528
  • Calcium 84mg
  • Carbohydrate 9g
  • Cholesterol 223mg
  • Fat 28g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Iron 5mg
  • Protein 56mg
  • Sat Fat 8g
  • Sodium 1912mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .

Quick Tip

Food thermometer
This recipe may seem more than a little unorthodox, but it really does guarantee a juicy bird. Check for doneness with an instant-read thermometer.

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