Beer can chicken

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A classic of American barbecue consisting of a whole chicken indirect grilled or smoked in an upright position on an open can of beer. (You lower the bird into the can so the latter enters the cavity.) Tradition calls for the bird to be seasoned with barbecue rub (and optional vegetable oil or olive oil) on the outside. Debate rages as to whether the beer actually imparts a flavor and/or keeps the meat moist (I’m not sure about the former, but certain about the latter). One thing you can’t argue about is the eye-popping, jaw-dropping presentation. Note: a number of manufacturers make beer can chicken roasters, which are designed to reduce the likelihood that the chicken on its can will tip over. For more on the subject and dozens of recipes check out Beer Can Chicken.

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