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Beer Can BBQ Chicken Recipe

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This recipe for Beer Can BBQ Chicken, by , is from The Carol Leclair Family Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We'll help you start your own personal cookbook! It's easy and fun. Click here to start your own cookbook!

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1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp granulated onion
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp kosher salt (salt flakes)
tsp granulated garlic
tsp ground coriander
tsp ground cumin
tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 whole chicken, 4 to 5 pounds
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 can your best beer, 710 ml

Make Rub (suggest making extra for use in the kitchen with other dishes)
In a small bowl, combine the rub ingredients.
Remove and discard the neck, giblets, and any excess fat from the chicken.
Rinse the chicken, inside and out, under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
Lightly spray or brush all over with vegetable oil and season inside and out with the rub.

Open beer can and pour off half the beer.
Set the half-full can on a flat surface and slide the chicken over the top so the can fits inside the cavity.
Transfer the bird to the grill, keeping the can upright.
Carefully balance the bird on its two legs and the can.
Grill over indirect medium heat until the juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 170 F in the breast and 180 F in the thickest part of the thigh, 1 to 1 hours.
Wearing BBQ mitts, carefully remove the chicken and the can from the grill, being careful not to spill the beer it will be HOT.
Let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes before lifting it from the can.
Discard the beer.
Cut the chicken into serving pieces
Serve warm.
Makes 4 6 servings.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
After Mom and Dad discovered this way to BBQ chicken, they never did it any other way. The meat is so moist and tender and succulent!! Just wonderful.




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