Our new grill arrived last week! Our old grill died on Mother's Day and we've been on the hunt for the next one since May! My husband has ALWAYS wanted a Weber and although a grill wasn't something we planned on buying this year (I mean, after completely replacing one of our air conditioning units, as well as now our water heater, a "luxury" item like a grill was the LAST thing we were expecting to buy this year!!) During the Spring and Summer we grill nearly every other day, so to be without it when the weather has been so nice out has been rough!
One of the first things we made with the new grill was beer can chicken! We started doing this last summer and loved it! (Definitely invest in one of the holders if you can, it'll make the process of getting the chicken on and off the grill much easier!!) If you have a favorite rub for the chicken, you can use that to flavor the meat. Otherwise a simple rub such as 1tbsp kosher salt, 1 tbsp black pepper, 1tbsp thyme will work just fine for a 5 pound chicken!
- Clean chicken (remove giblets and whatever else is inside if it hasn't been removed already)
- Pat chicken dry and rub with seasoning
- Make sure the beer can is only half-way full and put the bird cavity over the can
- Place the bird in the middle of the grill on medium-high heat. Cover the grill and let the chicken cook for about an hour to an hour and a half (the chicken temperature should register about 180 when it's done)
- Once the chicken is done use a metal spatula to hold the beer can and tongs to hold the top of the chicken. Transferring the finished meat to a tray can be tricky and the beer inside the can is REALLY hot! (I know this sounds like common sense but just thought I'd put it out there!)
- Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before cutting