Here's how it looks before it hits the grill.
See its little top hat? It keeps the juices in
so the flavor's out . . . of this world!
Weber makes a great little roasting pan for grilling or roasting a
whole-chicken; you can get it in most ACE Hardware stores; works on the grill
or in the oven
Preheat grill to 350 to 400 degrees or, if roasting, preheat oven to 400
5 minutes prep; 20 minutes per pound, or about 1½ hours to grill or
Serves 3-4 adults
Team with steamed veggies, a crisp salad and, of course, ice-cold beer!
STAND UP FOR GREAT GRILLED
1 whole chicken, rinsed and
patted dry with paper towels
½ can beer (gee, what to do
with the other ½?)
About 3 T. powdered chicken
rub (for sale near the spices)
This recipe is also called "Beer Can Chicken." It's great because the
chicken fat runs down away from the meat, while the flavors from the beer
marinade rise up because of the heat from the grill.
We find that when you rest a whole chicken on a beer can, it can tip over
very easily. Instead, we recommend that you go to ACE Hardware and pick up the
handy-dandy little chicken roaster made by Weber, or a similar gadget along the
lines of a grill pan.
There's a well for the marinade, a detachable wedge that the chicken nests
over to keep it upright solidly, and the plug on top keeps the meat juicy while
the outsides are getting crispy. Mmmmm!
Grilling or roasting a whole chicken is so much easier and cheaper than
working with chicken parts that you'll want to make this recipe over and over.
There are many kinds of chicken rubs for sale, or you can experiment making
your own, so this is a versatile as well as delicious and healthy dish.
All you do is rub about 2 T. of the dry rub on the inside and outside of
the whole chicken, holding it over the sink. Put another 1 T. in the well of
your small roaster dish.
Pour a half-can or less of beer into the well, and stir. Then place the
prepared chicken over the spike to hold it in place. Put the plug in the
Place on the grill or in the oven. When it's done (1 to 1½ hours, usually),
cut into pieces, and enjoy!