Ginger Beer Can Chicken


1 chicken (about 4 lbs.)
8 ounces oz. good quality ginger beer (Reed's or similar) in an emptied 12 soda can
1 teaspoon Spice Rub: 2 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp fresh ground black peppe


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Be sure the oven rack is low enough to allow the chicken to stand on end while baking. While the oven is preheating, rinse the chicken, inside and out, with cold water, and dry using paper towels.
Rub half the spice rub under the skin on the chicken breast meat. Rub the other half inside the chicken’s body cavity. Coat the skin with olive oil.
Cover the outside of the soda can with foil and punch two or three extra holes in the top using a can opener.
Insert the can into the cavity and place the chicken, standing up, in a disposable aluminum pie pan (serving as a drip pan) on a baking sheet, using the drumsticks to balance the chicken.
Bake for 30 minutes, then reduce temperature to 325 and bake until internal temperature in the thigh meat is at least 180 degrees (about 90 minutes), basting every 20 minutes or so.
Let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes, then carefully extract and discard the soda can.
Use a gravy separator to remove the fat from the pan drippings. Slice the chicken and serve with the pan juices.


Perkin ferguson's picture

Lovely dish here..


Beer can chicken is one of those culinary staples that most people who cook either have made or eventually will get around to making. Many recipes for beer can chicken are for the grille, some (including mine) are for the oven, but most are similar; there just aren’t that many different ways to put a beer can up the back end of a chicken.

Still, wanting to do something different with this fun and interesting cooking method, I made “Ginger Beer Can Chicken.” It uses the classic beer can chicken approach of baking a chicken with spice rub on its outside and a beverage can in its body cavity to provide a moist, flavorful inside, but replaces the beer with ginger beer and uses a spice rub combination that’s compatible with that. (Ginger beer, for anyone not familiar with it, is a soft drink that’s something like ginger ale but with a much stronger bite and more complex taste and color.) I admit “ginger beer can chicken” is something of a misnomer, since ginger beer normally comes in a bottle. For this recipe, the ginger beer should be poured into an empty soda or beer can.


4.0 Servings


Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 6:04pm

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