Bender’s beer-can chicken

Bender’s beer-can chicken

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From
Ben's BBQ Bible
Serves
6
Photographer
Billy Law

I don’t know who thought up this wicked way of cooking a chicken, but I’m sure it started off as a joke. I have seen it done in both Australia and New Zealand. Obviously, the Kiwis will say that they did it first, and the thing is they probably did. I like to use Japanese Sapporo beer for this recipe.

In his book The Barbecue! Bible, Grill Master Steve Raichlen writes that he got the inspiration for this technique while attending a world barbecue championship. I suppose everyone has their own method, but one thing I should point out is that you need to open the can of beer or you may find there’s not much of your chicken left after the can explodes!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1.8kg chicken
2 tablespoons Chimichurri
375ml can wheat beer
1 lemon, cut into quarters
2 rosemary sprigs

Method

  1. Trim the chicken of any excess fat from the neck end of the bird and the cavity. Remove any giblets. Fold the wing tips in so that they don’t hang out.
  2. Rub the chimichurri inside the chicken cavity and between the skin and the meat. Leave the bird to rest while you fire up the barbecue.
  3. Set up your barbecue for indirect cooking, placing a foil tray under the grill.
  4. Open the can of beer and drink a mouthful — just one big sip. Push the lemon quarters into the can of beer, along with the rosemary sprigs.
  5. Push the can, open end first, into the chicken cavity. The trick is to balance the chicken so that it stands over the grill without falling over.
  6. Cook, covered, for 1½ hours, adding charcoal as required to maintain an even, moderate heat.
  7. The chicken is cooked when the juices run clean from an incision made in the thickest part of the bird, which is generally the thigh.
  8. When cooked, carefully remove to a tray and allow to rest. Remember to discard the beer can before serving!
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