You know how chicken can be the most boring, dry, flavorless meat ever? How just the effort of chewing through the tough, overcooked meat of a chicken breast is exhausting?
The trick, my friends, is simple.
Beer can chicken, or stand up chicken, or beer in the butt chicken (I personally like that one), is one of the easiest ways to infuse flavor into a whole chicken. And you get to drink some beer!
I've heard of this being done with soda, which is something on my to-do list. But since Kevin, my personal beer-connoisseur, is home for the week, I let him pick a fun summery beer to use.
I luckily have this great contraption where you stick the beer can in the middle, and then shove it up the chicken's butt. It makes the whole process easier, but I've seen people do it without the stand.
First you clean your chicken and pat it dry. Then you make a dry rub. We made a potent, smoky rub that we adapted from this recipe, and it was awesome.
I may have gone a little overboard with the seasoning though.
Ha. Look at his fat saggy belly. ...continue reading