Cooking with beer – Stout Can Chicken

I’m a big fan of beer can chicken, but usually only make it in the summer. Today I was at Sav-a-Lot in Monroe to pick up a quick dinner, and ran across their whole chicken sale. Such a good price, I had to make one tonight.

Step 1. Open up the chicken, remove everything from inside the chicken, Hang it in the air as I’ve done here, or make it dance on the kitchen counter. Pat the chicken down with a paper towel to dry it a bit. Sprinkle your favorite seasonings on one side of it.

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Step 2. Fill up a pint of your favorite beer, in my case, homebrew Oatmeal Stout, take some sips, take a few more, repeat step 2.

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Step 3. Fill an empty can that Kevin left over your house with the beer of your choice. Repeat step 2.

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Step 4. Place the chicken on the can and finish seasoning the rest of it. Throw that baby on the grill for an hour, or until it’s done. Repeat step 2 and enjoy!

8 thoughts on “Cooking with beer – Stout Can Chicken

  1. Be very careful if using a Guinness pub draft or any other canned stout that has a widget in it as they are plastic and will not leave a pleasant smell in the kitchen or the chicken. If you are unsure about whether the can has a widget in it, pour the beer in a glass and look and see if anything is at the botom of the can.

  2. haha – Actually, Todd pointed out the Guinness pub draft because he knew that would be the ONLY can Kevin might leave at my house! šŸ˜‰

    Did I say Kevin.. I meant Kevweiser! :p

  3. Some MI breweries are putting craft beer in cans now. Keweenaw and I thought I read on their newsletter that Rochester Mills Brewing Co. are going to can. Soon I will be able to make a hat with MI beer cans and yarn.

    I could of swore I used to go out on a Thursdays and drink beer? Instead I’m in front of the computer.

  4. You know, I did this once with Boddingtons, (as it was about the only decent canned beer I could find) and I’ll be honest, I didn’t really notice the beer. I’m not entirely sure the beer makes that much of a difference in the overall flavor.

  5. The biggest thing it adds to it is moisture. My wife notices the difference when I cook chickens with beer or just roast them with no beer. Some that I’ve done, you can really tell the difference. There is a hint of a beer taste, and it probably depends on what beer you use. I’ve had great luck with IPA’s and darker beers. If you ever get daring, try wine – that you’ll definitely be able to taste.

  6. I have done this several times and it’s been great! …… I meant the step 2 part, I have no idea how to cook chicken.

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