Bang Bang Birdie

Labor day weekend is a big cook out day for us.  I think it is the last hoorah of summer cookouts.  Being in Texas it is also opening weekend for Dove season.  I can not imagine hunting these lil birds little on what there would be left to cook after shooting one.  It just makes me think of this video when one would be shot.


So in honor of cook outs, dove season and labor day I offer up this recipe as a solution.

Beer Can Chicken
(how red neck is this one?)


  • 1 (4-pound) whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of your favorite dry spice rub
  • 1 can beer


Remove neck and giblets from chicken and discard. Rinse chicken inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels. Rub chicken lightly with oil then rub inside and out with salt, pepper and dry rub. Set aside.
Open beer can and take several gulps (make them big gulps so that the can is half full). Place beer can on a solid surface. Grabbing a chicken leg in each hand, plunk the bird cavity over the beer can. Transfer the bird-on-a-can to your grill and place in the center of the grate, balancing the bird on its 2 legs and the can like a tripod.
Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat (i.e. no coals or burners on directly under the bird), with the grill cover on, for approximately 1 1/4 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F in the breast area and 180 degrees F in the thigh, or until the thigh juice runs clear when stabbed with a sharp knife. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

1 comment:

  1. It is also quite yummy to use a can of 7UP for your little chicken. Hubby sometimes can be stingy with his beer when we are camping. lol


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