Step 1: Make the Spice Rub
Any good spice rub will work with this recipe. It's okay to use a store-bought rub if you have a chicken or rib bbq rub that you like. Or, you can mix one up using spices from your pantry. Feel free to experiment to fit your tastes!
The one in this picture used:
1/4 cup paprika
1 tbls brown sugar
1 tbls granulated sugr
2 tsp salt
1 tsp onion salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Step 2: Prepare the Chicken
Rinse the chicken in cold water, then pat with paper towels to dry.
And of course make sure that you thoroughly sanitize your hands and workspaces after handling the chicken.
Step 3: Rub the Spices on the Chicken
Step 4: Prepare Your Beer Can
Pop open the tab on the can and empty out 1/4 of the beer. I'm not into beer so I poured it down the drain, but feel free to drink it if you like!
You want to make a few more small holes to let the vapors escape into the chicken. You can use the pointy end of a beer bottle/can opener for this. I did not have one handy, so I tapped an awl into the top a few times.
Pour the extra spice rub into the beer can.
Step 5: Put the Chicken on the Can and Plug the Top
Plug the top of the chicken so that the vapors are sealed in. I used a peeled onion, but you could also use a potato, lemon, or lime.
Step 6: Move the Chicken to the Grill.
Move the chicken to the grill and stand it up with the legs spread apart (this will help maintain balance). You want to cook it indirectly, so put it next to the burner that is turned on.
Step 7: Cook the Chicken
My six pound chicken took an hour and fourty five minutes.
Step 8: Check for Doneness
Step 9: Rest Chicken and Carve
Step 10: Plate and Serve
For those of you who are interested, this cost $1.50-$2 a serving. My six serving chicken cost:
(?) spices - you are only using a little of each spice, so we'll say a couple dollars.