Get Grilling: Beer Can Chicken
Summer cookout food doesn’t have to slow you down. Thrillist teamed up with Miller Lite and celeb chef Aarón Sánchez to create these simple yet flavorful dishes that’ll be sure to win the cookout. Check out our recipe and video for beer can chicken:
Beer Can Chicken with Miller Lite-Mustard BBQ Sauce
Total Time: About 2 hours
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Zest of 1 lime (about 2 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
12-ounce can Miller Lite
2 tablespoons Miller Lite-Mustard BBQ Sauce
2) Meanwhile, combine the sugar, salt, lime zest, and spices in a bowl. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of Miller Lite, just until it forms a paste. Rub it all over the chicken’s skin, gently patting it in to stick, and place it breast side up on a rimmed plate. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes, but ideally overnight.
3) Heat half your grill to high (about 450°F). If you have a gas grill, do this by turning half of the burners to high and leaving the rest off; if you have a charcoal grill, pile all the hot coals on one side and leave the other side empty.
4) Fill a grill pan or cast iron skillet with about ¼-inch of Miller Lite; this will create steam that keeps the chicken extra-moist as it cooks. Drink (or pour into a glass for future enjoyment) the Miller Lite until it’s about half full, then prop the chicken on top, legs facing down, so the can fills the cavity and holds the bird upright. Place in the grill pan.
5) Set the grill pan on the cool part of your grill, cover, and let cook for 30 minutes.
6) Brush the barbecue sauce evenly over the chicken and carefully rotate it a half-turn in the grill pan so its skin browns deeply and evenly. Re-cover the grill and cook for another 20 minutes. Check for doneness by sticking a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh; it’s ready when it reads 165F. If it needs more time, keep it covered and check back every 10 minutes.
7) Take the grill pan off the grill and let the chicken rest for 10 minutes. Pour the drippings directly over the chicken or into a bowl for serving on the side. Pull out and discard the beer can, carve the chicken and serve.
TIP: By heating up only half the grill and keeping it covered while the chicken is cooking, you are essentially creating an oven, which allows for more even cooking without sacrificing the concentrated, smoky flavors.
Miller Lite Mustard BBQ Sauce
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 1.5 cups
1 jalapeño, minced, seeds and membranes removed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup yellow mustard
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup Miller Lite
⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground cayenne, optional
2) Add the jalapeño and garlic, reduce the heat to low, and sauté for a minute or two, until they’re fragrant but before the garlic builds any color.
3) Whisk in the rest of the ingredients and reduce the heat to low. Cook, whisking occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes, until it’s thickened and the flavors have concentrated. Remove from the heat and cool completely before using or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to one week.