No football season is complete with out making Beer Can Chicken! It's great for those away games that you watch from home because it takes a little while to cook, but it is so worth it. Roasting the bird over the beer makes for perfectly tender & juicy chicken every time. Besides, what goes better with football then grilling & beer? And men, well of course they love this. You had them at beer.
1- 4-5 lb Whole Chicken
1- 12oz can of Beer
1/2 head of Garlic
2 Sprigs of fresh Thyme
1 Sprig of fresh Rosemary
1 small Yellow Onion (whole)
1/4 cup Rub
Light your charcoal chimney, filling it full of charcoal. Or if using a gas grill, heat grill to medium heat. Remove & discard the bags inside the cavity of the chicken. Rinse the chicken inside & out. Then pat dry with paper towels.
Crack open the beer & drink half of it. Use what ever beer you like, just make sure it's in a can! Fill the (half full of beer) can with the cloves of garlic & fresh herbs. If you have a 'Beer Can Chicken Stand', place the beer in the center.
You can certainly do this with out a stand, but it makes it so much easier if you do! You can find stands almost anywhere from Bed Bath & Beyond & Walmart to Williams Sonoma.
Rub the outside of the chicken with the spice rub. We used a store bought rub this time, but we also make it ourselves some times. Use your favorite spices, or you could simply salt & pepper the outside, omitting the rub all together!
Place a whole onion in the neck of the bird. We had to peel off a couple of the layers of the onion to get it small enough to fit in. The onion traps the steam inside the bird, keeping the meat flavorful & moist.
Prepare your grill for indirect heat (charcoal to 1 side of the grill or 1/2 the burners of a gas grill lit). Carefully place the chicken on the grill (on the cool side) & cover. Cook over medium heat, keeping the lid on as much as possible for 1 1/4- 1 1/2 hours, or until it is fully cooked (when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 160°F - 165°F).
Using extreme caution (the beer inside will be screaming hot!) remove the chicken from the grill & wrap aluminum foil around to keep warm. Let the chicken rest for 10-15 minutes. Then (using extreme caution again) pull the chicken off of the beer can & serve.