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Beer can chicken is fun to make but is also really good. When my friends come over I like to do this recipe as a change of pace from the same ol bbq chicken, and as presentations go it’s always a big hit. Although I’ve used the actual beer cans for this recipe I’d rather use these cool store bought beer can supports made from stainless steel. They’re the best option because you can use aromatics other than beer; like wine, citrus peels, herbs etc.


2 whole chicken 2-3 pounds, fat trimmed
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 12 ounce beer in the can; Shock Top, Blue Moon work well
2 Garlic cloves
Peel of 1 lemon, cut into 1” strips
2 cups Citrus BBQ Sauce

Citrus BBQ Sauce Ingredients:
2 cups ketchup
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cups honey
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons orange zest
Fresh ground black pepper

In a saucepan combine ingredients over medium-low heat. Cook sauce for 15 mins stirring frequently. Remove from heat to cool. Once cooked transfer to small bowl.

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Rub chickens with olive oil including the cavity. Season with generous amounts of salt and pepper. Add a garlic cloves and lemon peels to each beer can. Pour off some of the beer if can overflows. Cook chicken for 45 minutes, covered. Brush chicken with Citrus BBQ Sauce and continue for 10 minutes or until internal temperature reads 165°. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

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