When you see beer can chicken, it’s always a similar sight. The crispy brown chicken on top looks delicious enough, but when you gaze down it’s always sitting on top of a can of Budweiser, Coors, or another equally bland beer.
That’s when I thought, “Why not use a beer with flavor?”
After all, the key rule in cooking with beer is to never use a beer that you wouldn’t drink.
My beer pick was Old Chub by Oskar Blues. I took a trip to OB this past weekend and had an amazing time at their Longmont, CO restaurant and tap room. Chad Melis and Dale Katechis (the owner) were fantastic hosts for me and some of my fellow beer bloggers. Since Oskar Blues cans 100% of their beer, they are a great choice for microbrewed beer can chicken.
Their Old Chub 8% Scottish Ale is packed with flavor which it delivered right into the chicken, just as I hoped for.
I adapted Guy Fieri’s recipe which features a fantastic dry rub. His recipe is for the oven, but you could also do this on the grill.
Beer Can Chicken Ingredients
- 1 whole chicken (2-4 pounds)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, mashed
- 1 can of microbrew; Old Chub by Oskar Blues works great
Beer Can Chicken Steps
- Remove the giblets and neck from the chicken and wash inside and out
- Preheat the oven to 450
- Mix the dry spices (i.e. everything except the crushed garlic) in a bowl for the rub
- Massage the rub into the meat of the chicken, using 1/2 for the inside and 1/2 for the outside
- Drink 1/3 of the beer
- Put the crushed garlic into the beer
- Place the beer can in the rear end of the chicken so the chicken can sit up straight
- Put the chicken in the 450F degree oven for 10 minutes
- After 10 minutes, lower the temperature to 325F and roast for 60 minutes
- Remove the chicken and dig in!
How did it turn out? It’s the best I’ve had. You could really taste the beer in the meat of the chicken. And since I really like the beer, this was a good thing.
I highly recommend you give beer can chicken a shot using your favorite canned microbrew.
Have you made beer can chicken? Ever used a beer other than a light American lager?