Samuel Adams® Sam Can Chicken
Courtesy of Samuel Adams® Chef Partner Chef David Burke
Serves: 4 to 6
Create the chicken marinade by mixing all the ingredients, except for the chicken and beer, in a mixing bowl. Next, add the chicken to marinade, and marinate for 2 hours.
Heat the grill (on high, or until coals are ready for cooking). Open the can of Sam Adams Boston Lager®. Remove a tablespoon of beer from the can. Using a grill fork or knife, punch a few holes in the top of the can. Place your chicken right side up on the can. It should sit up straight. (TIP: Be sure to place the beer can as far into the chicken as you can, as if you were balancing the chicken on the can.) Cut a small hole at the top of the chicken to allow steam to go in and out. Then, place a stainless steel funnel over the top of the chicken and cover the funnel hole with foil; this will hold the steam in and allow it to circulate and keep the chicken moist. (TIP: The wide opening of the funnel should fit snuggly over the chicken).
Place the beer can chicken in the middle of the grill and close the grill. Let the chicken cook for about 1 hour or until the meat reaches the temperature of 165°F.
For conventional ovens: Set the oven to 375°F and cook the chicken on the bottom rack. Cook for 1 hour 20 minutes.