Barbecuing is great fun; don't let the typical British weather put you off. No barbecue is complete without a chicken dish of some sort, and Beer Can Chicken is dead simple. A beer can be stuffed inside a chicken with lots of spices and cooked over a covered barbecue to give you delicious succulent chicken. But, of course, you can just as easily cook this in your oven if you don't have a covered barbecue.
- 2 kg chicken
- 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp sea salt to taste
- 1 tsp freshly milled black pepper
- 1 tsp dried garlic powder
- 1 tsp celery salt
- 350 ml can lager
- Open the can, tip away half the beer, or save it for later. Then, with an old-fashioned can opener, make two extra holes, put in two teaspoons of the spice mix, and gently mix it.
- Now comes the tricky part, place the can in the centre of a foil tray and place the open end of the chicken over the can and this is the most important part, pull the legs out, so you form a nice little tripod to stop the chicken falling over.
- Next, take the rest of the spice rub and gently rub it over the chicken.
- Carefully place the chicken and foil onto the bar-b-que and close the lid.
- A gas one with a lid is ideal because it's easy to control the temperature, but any barbecue will work as long as you can cover the chicken; any barbecue will work.
- Cook for 2 hours and 30 minutes at a temperature of 180° C, 350° F.
- Every so often, baste the chicken with its own juice.
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