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Beer Can Chicken
Beer Can Chicken

This deliciously moist chicken recipe is perfect for a BBQ on a hot summer day and works well in the oven, too.

1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 (12 fluid ounce) can beer
1 (3-4 pound) whole chicken

Preheat grill to medium-high, about 375F. Mix brown sugar and seasonings in small bowl. Place half-full can of beer in center of a plate.

Discard giblets. Rinse chicken under cold running water; drain and pat dry. Fit whole chicken over can of beer with the legs on the bottom; keep upright. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the seasoning mix into top cavity of chicken. The beer may foam up when the seasonings fall inside the can. Rub remaining seasoning mix over the entire surface of the chicken.

Place chicken, standing on the can, directly on the preheated grill. Close lid and BBQ chicken until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 1 hours for a 3.5 lb chicken. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh should read 180F. Remove chicken from the grill and discard the beer can. Cover chicken with a doubled sheet of foil and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes before slicing.