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4-Ingredient Beer Can Chicken

By Charlotte on August 20, 2014 6:10 AM

By Arthur Aguirre, author America's Best Barbeque

Beer can chicken is probably the easiest of recipes, but turns out great flavors every time. The key to beer can chicken is to make sure that the skin turns out crispy.

This easy Beer Can Chicken recipe promises great flavor every time.

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Beer Can Chicken

Serves: 6 ; Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Remove neck and giblets from chicken and discard. Rinse chicken inside and out, and pat dry with paper towel. Apply the oil all over the chicken skin and then rub the bird with Code 3 Spices 5-0 Rub.

Open beer cans and empty half of each can (you choose how).

Hudson Valley Bacon Wrapped Shrimp 350.jpgFirmly grab chicken and place cavity over top of beer can. Place the beer can chicken on the grill and use the legs to create a tripod to balance the chicken.

Cook the chicken over medium-high indirect heat with the lid on for 1 1/2 hours.

The chicken is done when the breast reaches 165 degrees F and the thigh is 180 degrees F.


Arthur Aguirre, author America's Best Barbeque

About the Author

Arthur Aguirre is a barbeque enthusiast who loves to eat what he cooks as well as take pictures and write about his creations on his blog MajorLeagueGrilling.com. His unique barbeque techniques have led to many of his recipes being published online. His barbeque team, Major League Grilling, has won nearly 20 awards (including Grand Champion at the Soybean Festival in Mexico, Missouri) in its first two years of competiton.

Recipe Excerpted from

America's Best Barbeque*:

Recipes and Techniques for Prize-Winning Ribs, Wings, Brisket and More

Author: Arthur AguirrAmerica's Best Barbecue 9781626362567 350.jpge

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

Penned: April 2014

What's Inside: Almost 200 recipes for grilling and/or smoking ribs, poultry, brisket, pulled pork and more collected from barbeque champs across the country.

You'll find ideas for everything from award-winning main dishes (think South Carolina Ribs Yankee Style) to family cookout favorites (like Bacon Wrapped Meatballs) and side dishes (make mine Southwest Summer Corn Salad), Fun for anyone who enjoys firing up the grill, this collection of cookout favorites also includes dozens of full-color photos and tips for creating delicious rubs, glazes and sauces.

Time Out: 358 pages

Available: $24.95 hardcover at Amazon and other retailers

*Recipe reprinted with publisher permission.

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Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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