Wine-Steamed Beer Can Chicken

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Steaming in a can beneath the chicken, wine infuses the meat with delicious flavors.

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25 Min
1 Hr


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4 to 4 1/2 lb. fresh roasting chicken
1 Tbsp
olive oil
1 clove
garlic, minced (more if you desire)
1 Tbsp
fresh thyme leave, minced
1/4 tsp
kosher salt
1/4 tsp
fresh ground black pepper
3/4 c
dry chardonnay or sauvignon blanc wine

How to Make Wine-Steamed Beer Can Chicken


  • 1Remove giblets from chicken; discard.
  • 2Rinse chicken inside and out; pat dry.
  • 3Cut off and discard excess skin and fat around body cavity.
  • 4In a small bowl, mix olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper.
  • 5With your fingers, gently loosen skin over breast, being careful not to tear skin.
  • 6Gently rub thyme mixture evenly over breast meat beneath skin.
  • 7Prepare barbecue grill and preheat for indirect-heat cooking.
  • 8Rinse can (12-ounce soda or beer can) and shake dry.
  • 9Pour wine into can, then carefully lower chicken over can until can is inside body cavity; Gently pull legs forward so chicken stands upright on can.
  • 10Carefully set chicken and can, in this upright position, on center of grill (not over direct heat); cover charcoal grill and open vents; close lid on gas grill.
  • 11Cook until and instant-read meat thermometer inserted through thickest part of breast to bone reaches 160*, about 1 hour.
  • 12Using oven mitts, carefully remove chicken with can from grill, keeping it upright.
  • 13Let chicken stand on can for 15 minutes, then, holding a towel around the can to steady it and protect your hands, with a large carving fork, carefully remove chicken from can to a carving platter or carving board.
  • 14Carve chicken and serve, adding salt and pepper to taste.

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About Wine-Steamed Beer Can Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken

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