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Serves (6)
Prep: 10 min |
Grill: 1 hour 20 min.

Posted: by Sandra


Look for a whole chicken
weighing 3 to 3-1/2 pounds;
if larger, you may have trouble
fitting the lid on the grill.

2 (3-to 3-1/2-pound) whole chickens

2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon hot sauce

2 (12-ounce) cans beer
4 bay leaves
1 (13-by-9-inch) disposable aluminum-roasting pan (if using charcoal)
4 cups wood chips, soaked, drained and sealed in a foil packet



Combine sugar, paprika, salt, pepper and cayenne in a bowl. Measure out and reserve 1 tablespoon of the spice rub for the glaze. Pat the chickens dry with paper towels, and loosen the skin covering the breasts and thighs by sliding your fingers between the skin and the meat. Massage the spice rub on the skin, under the skin and inside the cavity. Poke the skin all over with a skewer or the tip of a sharp knife. Tuck the wings behind the backs of each chicken.


Combine the sugar, ketchup, vinegar, hot sauce, reserved tablespoon spice rub and 2 tablespoons of the beer in a bowl. Remove (or drink) 1 cup more beer from each can, then add 2 bay leaves, crumbled, to each can. Punch additional holes in the top of each can.


Open the bottom grill vents halfway and place the roasting pan in the center of the grill. Light a large chimney starter filled with charcoal briquettes (100 briquettes = 6 quarts). When the coals are hot, pour them into two even piles on either side of the roasting pan. Place the wood chip packet on top of one of the coal piles. Set the cooking grate in place, cover, and open the top lid vents halfway. Heat the grill until hot and the wood chips start to smoke heavily, about 5 minutes.

Clean and oil the cooking grate. Place the chickens, upright on the cans, on the grill (in the center on the grill if using charcoal). Cover (positioning the lid vents over the chicken if using charcoal) and cook until the skin is well-browned and very crisp, 40 to 60 minutes.

Brush the chickens with the glaze mid-way through grilling, and continue to cook, covered, until the breasts register 160 to 165 degrees and the thighs register 175 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 20 minutes longer.

Wearing oven mitts or using a wad of paper towels, transfer the chickens (still on their cans) from the grill to a carving board, tent loosely with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes. Working with one chicken at a time, hold the base of the can with an oven mitt or a wad of paper towels, insert a pair of tongs into the neck cavity of the chickens, and pull the chickens off the cans. Carve the chickens and serve. - Enjoy!


sandra said...

This is a dynomite recipe. The chicken ends up juicy and very flavorful ~ with just the right kick of spiciness!

Unknown said...

I just found your recipe ��. This sound's Amazing and I can't wait to get shopping and grilling. I will let you know how it goes. Bit I'm sure we both know what the outcome will already be ������


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