Tuscan Beer Can Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 roasting chicken (3 or 4 lbs)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon fennel pollen or ground fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon each onion powder and garlic powder

Directions

Set up a charcoal grill for indirect grilling by piling the hot coals on opposite sides of the grill with a drip pan or large piece of foil in between, or preheat a gas grill to medium.

Put the chicken on a small sheet pan. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and rub about 3 tablespoons all over the chicken to coat it thoroughly, and put 1 tablespoon into the cavity.

Poke a few holes in the top of an empty 12-ounce beer or beverage can and fill halfway with Prosecco or other sparkling wine; then carefully spoon the remaining rub into the can. (You don’t need to use expensive bubbly here, unless of course you happen to be drinking from an open bottle as you start to cook, my personal preference).

Center the cavity end of chicken over the can and slide it in as far as will go before carefully arranging in the middle of the grill rack.

Cover the grill and cook undisturbed for an hour, checking halfway through to be sure your grill temperature remains at a constant temperature between 325 and 350 degrees, adding more coals if needed.

Take the chicken off the grill when the skin is nicely crisp and brown and juices that spew out of the chicken run clear. If you want to be precise, gently insert an instant read thermometer in the thick end of the thigh, without touching bone, to get a reading of 165 to 170 degrees.

Let the chicken rest for at least 10 to 15 minutes before removing the can, carving and serving.

Advertisements

Trackbacks

  1. […] favorite BBQ sides. Interested in other drunken chicken recipes? Check out Beer Can Chicken and Tuscan Beer Can Chicken. Fun twists add a ton of flavor to a very versatile […]

Got Comments?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: