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Coke or Beer Can BBQ Chicken

Coke or Beer Can BBQ Chicken


1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon granulated onion
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 whole chicken, 4 to 5 pounds
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 can (12 ounces) Coke or Beer


Combine all the above ingredients except the chicken, vegetable oil and coke or beer.
Remove and throw away the neck, giblets, and any extra stout off the chicken. Rinse the chicken, inside and out, under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Spray with cooking spray or brush all over with the vegetable oil and season, inside and out, with the rub.

Open the Coke or Beer can and pour off about ⅓ of the Coke or Beer. Set the partially emptied can on a flat surface and place the chicken over the top so the can fits inside the cavity of the chicken. Go the chicken to the grill, keeping the can upright. Carefully balance the chicken over the Coke or Beer can. Grill over Indirect Medium heat until the juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 170°F in the breast and 180°F in the thickest part of the thigh, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours. Either wear oven mitts or grab two oven pads, carefully remove the chicken and the can from the grill, and be careful not to spill the Coke or Beer because it will be hot and could burn you. Let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes before lifting it from the can. Discard the Coke or Beer. Cut the chicken up to your desire and straight away.

Serves 4 to 6

Note: For a sweeter chicken use Coke.

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