Thursday, March 24, 2011

Beer Butt Chicken

I originally posted this over a year ago but the first time we tried it we had to cook it in the oven due to some unforeseen weather challenges.  For Father's Day this year the men in our family said they wanted to have beer butt chicken so we thought it would be the perfect chance to try it as it should be...on the grill!!  

Grab yourself a cocktail, sit out by the grill and relish in the jealous envy that will permeate from your neighbors as this cooks to absolute perfection!

Beer Butt Chicken
1 cup butter
2 tablespoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1 (12 fluid ounce) can beer
1 (4 pound) whole chicken

Rub the spices underneath the skin the night before cooking and store in a Ziploc bag.  

Preheat an outdoor grill on low heat (or the oven to 350 degrees).  In a small skillet (or in the microwave), melt 1/2 cup butter.   Mix in 1 tablespoon garlic salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, salt, and pepper.  We actually didn't melt all of this together, we just put it all in the can and it worked just fine!

Discard 1/2 the beer (or drink it like we did), leaving the remainder in the can. 

Add remaining butter, garlic salt, paprika, and desired amount of salt and pepper to beer can.  
I highly recommend doing this over the pan as it tends to get really fizzy when you add the garlic salt

You can also cut up a clove of garlic and drop it into the beer can as well.  Place can on a disposable baking sheet. Set chicken on can, inserting can into the cavity of the chicken.  
Baste chicken with the melted, seasoned butter.  Place baking sheet with beer and chicken on the prepared grill or in the oven depending on how you want to cook it.  

Cook over low heat for about 3 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).  If cooking in the oven cook at 350 degrees for approximately an hour and a half. 

 Let the chicken stand for at least 10 minutes before carving to allow the juices to redistribute.
Here are some photos from our Father's Day celebration!
 Annie is clearly helping Momma cook the macaroni and cheese!

Happy Father's Day to all the great Dads out there!
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