Ah the infamous beer can chicken, AKA redneck duck confit. Legend has it that at a BBQ competition some guy was waiting for brisket to cook overnight. He grew hungry while drinking some brews, and decided to cook himself up a chicken to snack on. In his drunken state he accidentally set the chicken on his beer, and the beer can chicken was born. Contrary to popular belief, the reason the chicken is so moist and delicious isn't from alcohol vapors or anything like that. Sitting upright lets all that tasty skin fat render down the breast meat making it all tender and delicious!
After patiently waiting 3 whole days for our chicken to defrost, we were FINALLY able to cook it. And with the weather warming up, we've been using the grill a lot more lately, so we decided to try out some beer can chicken. This isn't a quick meal, like our last few have been, but it's totally worth the wait.
Start by procuring a can of beer. We used Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, since we had it on hand, but you can use whatever you want. Reserve about 1/4 of the can for your rub, drink about 1/4, and leave the other half in the can. Then we chopped up some garlic, rosemary, and oregano, and added that to the can with a bit of your dry rub ingredients.
roasting a chicken in the oven, filling the cavity will help keep the breast meat moist and juicy, and having the metal can inside helps cook the bird from the inside out.
While the bird was cooking, we sat back, relaxed, and patiently waited. We were starting to get anxious so we made our side dishes. We made some sweet potato fries, and butter braised radishes. Both sides were extremely simple.
For the radishes, cut off the ends, and quarter them. And you can slice up your sorrel.
risotto, so we just used some water. Once it's melted, toss in your radishes, season with salt and pepper, and just let them cook.
It ended up taking about 2 hours to cook our bird. But it was well worth the wait. The skin came out nice and crispy, the meat and juicy and tender, and there were plenty of drippings to make a delicious pan sauce.
Overall, the meal came out delicious, it was a hearty and rustic meal, that packed a flavorful punch. This is a great meal for summer get togethers because it starts with cracking open a beer and the grill does all the work while you continue the drinking and merriment with your friends.