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Cola Barbecued Beer-Can Chicken

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“Thanks to a recipe posted on recipezaar I have been having fun cooking Beer Butt Chicken. It not only comes out very juicy but it also is a great conversation piece for guests.”
2hrs 10mins

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  1. Open beer can and remove half of beverage.
  2. With a can opener, punch a few more holes in top of beer can.
  3. Before grilling, soak wood chips in water for 1 hour.
  4. Remove giblets from chicken and rinse with cold water; pat dry with paper towel.
  5. Starting a neck, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by slowing moving fingers between skin and meat.
  6. Mix together salt, sugar, paprika and pepper.
  7. Rub 2 teaspoons of spice mixture under loosened skin.
  8. Also, rub 2 teaspoons of spice mixture in chicken cavity.
  9. Reserve 2 teaspoons of spice mixture to be rubbed on outside skin of chicken once placed over beer can.
  10. Add the remaining spice mixture to beer can.
  11. Don't panic for the salt will cause the beer to foam.
  12. Spray beer can with nonstick cooking spray and place in butt of chicken.
  13. Rub with remaining 2 teaspoons of spice mixture.
  14. Spread out legs of chicken to balance chicken on beer can.
  15. Cook chicken for 2 hours or until meat thermometer reads 180 degrees.
  16. I purchased a beer butt chicken can holder at Walmart.
  17. You also can order one online.
  18. This works wonderful.
  19. Heat grill.
  20. There should be an 8 inch clearance between grill lid and grilling rack.
  21. Rack should be in its lowest position.
  22. Chicken should be placed in a disposable aluminium baking pan to catch chicken drippings.
  23. For indirect grilling, place a disposable aluminum foil pan in center of grill.
  24. Coals should be placed around aluminum pan; heat grill to medium.
  25. Drain wood chips.
  26. Place half of wood chips on hot coals.
  27. Spray nonstick cooking spray to grilling racks before placing on grill.
  28. Add remaining wood chips after 1 hour and charcoal as needed.
  29. For oven, place chicken in a cake baking sheet to catch drippings from chicken while cooking.
  30. When chicken is done, use a spatula under the beer can and tongs to remove chicken from grill.
  31. Place chicken on cutting board to cool for five minutes.
  32. Using tongs and insulated rubber cloves, remove chicken from can by gently twisting.
  33. Make sure you don't tip the beer can because liquid is extremely hot.
  34. You also can leave chicken right on beer can to carve.
  35. Discard can and skin.
  36. For sauce, combine cola and remaining ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil.
  37. Reduce heat and simmer for 6 minutes.
  38. Cool.
  39. Serve with chicken.

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