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Beer Can Barbecue Chicken


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  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 whole chicken (4 lbs)
  • 1 can beer (355 ml)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce


Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 105mins


Step 1

Heat barbecue to medium-high heat. Mix first 5 ingredients, rub onto chicken. Open beer can, discard half the beer. Place beer can on work surface and lower chicken on to beer can. Stand chicken on barbecue grate, using the legs and can to help chicken stand upright. Turn off burners directly below chicken to grill using indirect heat, cover barbecue.

Grill chicken 1 hour, brush with sauce. Grill 15 minutes longer or until chicken is done, brushing frequently with remaining sauce. Remove from barbecue, cover loosely with foil and let stand 10 minutes before removing chicken from can. Discard any beer remaining in the can.

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