Beer Can Chicken is just a waste of beer

Beer can chicken
Over at the Huffington Post, Meathead (aka Dr. Greg Blonder) tackles one of the major barbecue legends - that grilling a whole chicken on top of an open beer can produce succulent, moist, delicious chicken. Using quite a scientific approach, he praises Beer Can Chicken for succulent skin but then proves wrong all the other supposed advantages.  Among the items he looks at that create a less than perfect chicken are: 1) the outer layer gets overcooked, 2) the bird only browns on the outside, 3) the beer adds almost no moisture or flavor, and 4) the process is dangerous. 

After debunking the beer can myth, the author then presents 6 ways to cook chicken better. We were particularly intrigued by his Simon and Garfunkel chicken (and not just because the name brings back very mellow memories). If you've ever been intrigued by Beer Can chicken, or use the recipe, this article will give you definite food for thought.

2 Comments

  • sir_ken_g  on  7/10/2012 at 10:12 AM

    I use a "beer can" for roast duck all the time. With NOTHING in it. It is just to hold the duck up off the bottom so all the skin will get crispy.

  • echoclerk  on  7/13/2012 at 3:15 AM

    i have never heard of this absurdity of "Beer Can" Chicken - is the beer Can stuffed INSIDE the bird? It all sounds a bit silly.

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