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cowtown "beer can" chicken

(1 rating)
Recipe by
loanne chiu
fort worth, TX

This chicken dish takes only 9 ingredients and an empty beer can. The result is fragrant, sweet, spicy, salty, and slightly acidic and hits all your taste buds!

(1 rating)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 15 Min

Ingredients For cowtown "beer can" chicken

  • 4 lb
    whole chicken fryer
  • 2 1/2 oz
    (2 envelopes) chipotle taco seasoning powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1 c
    frozen concentrated guava juice, divided
  • 1/4 dash
  • 2 Tbsp
    melted butter
  • 3 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 1 tsp
    chipotle in adobo sauce, mashed
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh lemon juice

How To Make cowtown "beer can" chicken

  • 1
    Wash and pat dry chicken inside and out with paper towels. In a small bowl mix taco powder with sugar. Rub into chicken inside and out, making sure that you also rub it underneath the skin. Let marinade in refrigerator overnight.
  • 2
    In a small saucepan simmer 3/4 cup guava juice and tequila. Simmer until mixture is reduced to 6 ounces. Pour liquid into empty beer can by using a funnel. Set chicken over beer can. Brush with melted butter
  • 3
    Light barbecue grill until hot. (I used a gas grill). Turn off one burner and place chicken carefully over the unlit burner. Close hood, lower heat to medium and let chicken grill for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until chicken is crisp and the thermometer reads 180 F. If chicken browns too fast, cover with foil.
  • 4
    Make glaze: simmer remaining 1/4 cup guava juice with soy sauce, chipotle and lemon juice in a small saucepan until slightly thick. Brush some glaze over chicken and let stand 5 minutes to rest. Any leftover glaze can be served as accompaniment to chicken.
  • 5
    Be very careful when removing chicken from grill and can. Place chicken on a large plate, garnish with cilantro.

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