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Beer-Barbecued Chicken

From: EatingWell

Here's our spin on the roast-a-chicken-on-top-of-a-can-of-beer technique that's popular with barbecue aficionados. To simplify things, we just pour a little beer inside the chicken as it cooks. The beer keeps the meat juicy and a smoky-flavored spice rub both under and over the skin gives it extra flavor. Barbecuing poultry with the skin on helps prevent the meat from drying out. To keep calories and fat in check, remove the skin before serving.

Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 15 mins
Total: 1 hr 45 mins
Rated : 
 by 2 people
1 tablespoon  smoked paprika, (see Shopping Tip)
2 teaspoons  dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons  salt
1 teaspoon  packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon  ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon  onion powder
1/2 teaspoon  garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon  ground chipotle chile, (see Shopping Tip)
1/2 teaspoon  freshly ground pepper
1   4-pound chicken
1 12-ounce bottle  beer, preferably pale ale or American lager, divided
1. Preheat a gas grill (with all burners lit) to 400 degrees F or build a fire in a charcoal grill and let it burn down to medium heat (about 400 degrees F).
2. Combine paprika, oregano, salt, brown sugar, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, chipotle chile and pepper in a small bowl.
3. Remove giblets from chicken (if included) and trim any excess skin. Loosen the skin over the breast and thigh meat. Rub the spice mixture under the skin onto the breast meat and leg meat, a little on the skin and inside the cavity. Tuck wings under the body and tie the legs together with kitchen string.
4. If using a gas grill, turn off one burner (leaving 1 to 2 burners lit, depending on your grill). If using a charcoal grill, move the coals to one side. Wearing an oven mitt, carefully place a drip pan under the grill rack on the unheated side. Place the chicken breast-side down on the rack over the pan. Pour half the beer into the cavity (it's OK if some drips out into the drip pan).
5. Close the lid and roast undisturbed for 45 minutes.
6. Turn the chicken breast-side up. Pour the remaining beer into the cavity. Cover and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone registers 165 degrees F, 30 to 45 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes before removing the string and carving.
Shopping tip: Smoked paprika and ground chipotle chile can be found in the spice section of well-stocked supermarkets or online at
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Equipment: Kitchen string, metal or foil drip pan
Nutrition Facts
Calories 173, Total Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 76 mg, Sodium 656 mg, Carbohydrate 2 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 25 g, Potassium 250 mg. Daily Values: Iron 15%. Exchanges: Lean Meat 3.5
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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