Apple Ale Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You can take a big ole chicken, season it, and drop it into a Char-Broil Big Easy and in no time (15-20 minutes per pound, usually), have a fantastically tender, juicy, flavorful bird. And I cook chicken in my Big Easy just like that, and often. This time, though, I decided to go the beer can route, using a flavor-packed apple ale to infuse even more flavor and moisture into the chicken. The end result was delightful with a hint of apple and as always, the crispiest skin you’ve ever had.
apple-ale-beer-can-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyIf you’re not a beer person, you can substitute a good apple cider or juice instead. If it doesn’t come in a can just drink up a can of your favorite drink and pour the beer or cider or whatever into the empty can.

Be careful when you remove the chicken from the Big Easy. The beer is hot (mighty hot!) and you don’t want to slosh it onto yourself. And make sure you’re also careful when you go to remove the can. Same story: hot.

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Apple Ale Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1 chicken
 
I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken, 6-8 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dried tarragon, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Your favorite apple ale (I used Redd's Apple Ale)
Instructions
  1. Fire up your Big Easy.
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  3. Combine the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and brush onto the chicken.
  4. Combine the taragon, salt and pepper. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mixture. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning onto the chicken.
  5. Add reserved spice mixture to the beer (take a few drinks first to make room) and insert into the chicken.
  6. Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  7. Cook for 15-20 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  8. Let rest 15 minutes before removing the beer can and carving.

Stubb’s Chicken Rub Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I use a lot of products from Stubb’s, from sauces to marinades. I’ve been very happy with them all. That’s why I decided to use some of Stubb’s chicken rub on a whole chicken and drop it into my (awesome) cooker, the Char-Broil Big Easy. As always, the Big Easy was easy, cooking the bird in 15 minutes per pound.The Stubb’s seasoning added a little sweetness, and a kinda different flavor, mustard. I’ve rubbed beef in mustard before but never added mustard flavor to chicken. It was fantastic!
stubbs-chicken-rub-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyI did make my chicken a beer can chicken by adding a bit more Stubb’s chicken rub to a can of beer that I then inserted into the chicken. You can skip that part if you wish, or use an empty soda can with chicken broth added. There’s no wrong here because the Big Easy cooks chicken right every time. And boy, does the skin comes out crispy and dangerously delicious to say nothing of how tender and moist the meat is, dark or white!

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Stubb's Chicken Rub Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1 chicken
 
I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Fire up your Big Easy.
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  3. Lightly brush the chicken with olive oil.
  4. Generously sprinkle the chicken with the seasoning.
  5. If opting to make beer can chicken open the can and drain (er... drink) about 1/4th of the beer. Add a heaping teaspoon of seasoning to the beer. Insert beer can into the bottom of the chicken.
  6. Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  8. Let rest 15 minutes before removing the beer can (if using) and carving.

Montreal Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Mmmmmm. Tasty, moist, tender chicken. Montreal seasoning combines many of my favorite things: garlic, coriander, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dill seed, and salt. Combine that with the fact that the Char-Broil Big Easy makes perfect chicken every single time and you’ve got a great dish. In fact, I cooked 6 chickens on one of my Big Easy’s just the other day.
montreal-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyIt’s optional, but I went the beer can route with my Montreal chicken. It’s not any harder to do on the Big Easy than ‘regular’ chicken. Just add a bit of seasoning to an open beer can, insert, and cook. That’s it. The Big Easy cooks chicken just great without the beer can, believe me, but it does add a little coolness factor and flavor.

If you’re not a fan of beer, don’t fret. Soda works just as well. For Montreal chicken, I’d lean towards something like root beer or maybe a ginger ale.

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Montreal Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1 chicken
 
I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Fire up your Big Easy.
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  3. Lightly brush the chicken with olive oil.
  4. Generously sprinkle the chicken with the seasoning.
  5. If opting to make beer can chicken open the can and drain (er... drink) about 1/4th of the beer. Add a heaping teaspoon of seasoning to the beer. Insert beer can into the bottom of the chicken.
  6. Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  8. Let rest 15 minutes before removing the beer can (if using) and carving.

Root Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

The Char-Broil Big Easy does a phenomenal job cooking poultry. You don’t even have to get all fancy with it, but sometimes I like to do a little extra and make a beer (or soda) can version of my favorite whole roasted chickens. This root beer can chicken came out fantastic. I used a slightly spicy but simple rub, and a good canned root beer. Moist and tender meat with great flavor. I couldn’t have been happier.
root-beer-can-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyThe flavor from the root beer is subtle, but there. Use a quality root beer. If you can’t find one in a can, just empty (er… drink) a can of soda or beer and add the good root beer in.

There’s nothing complicated about cooking a whole chicken on the Big Easy. You can pretty much count on it taking 15 minutes per pound unless it’s really windy out. Of course you’ll still want to poke it with an instant-read thermometer to make sure it gets about 165 F, but I’ve cooked probably 50 chickens on my Big Easy and counting on 15 minutes per pound has never failed me.

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Root Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1 chicken
 
I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken, 6-8 pounds
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Your favorite canned root beer
Instructions
  1. Fire up your Big Easy.
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  3. Lightly brush the chicken with oil.
  4. Combine the remaining ingredients except for the root beer. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mixture. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning onto the chicken.
  5. Add reserved spice mixture to the root beer and insert into the chicken.
  6. Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  8. Let rest 15 minutes before removing the soda can and carving.

Ragin’ Cajun Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I could not be more delighted with this Ragin’ Cajun Beer can chicken that I made on my Char-Broil Big Easy. I’ve made tons (literally) of chicken on my Big Easy – it’s the best poultry cooker around, but for some reason I neglected to try beer can chicken on it. Well, let me tell you, this is flat-out great. Crazy moist. Even moister than the Big Easy usually does, which is pretty darned moist. And flavor? Incredible. Just incredible. And crunchy skin. A big bonus!

Ragin' Cajun Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyI picked up a Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to help make this Ragin’ Cajun beer can chicken and am I ever glad I did. It made making beer can chicken an absolute breeze. You simple insert a standard 12 ounce beer can (along with any flavorings you want) into the center of the holder then fold up the ‘arms’. The can is locked into place, which is a great thing if you’ve ever made beer can chicken before. The cans can be flimsy and crush or spill. This holder solves that problem and then some. The chicken then slides down over the holder and beer can. Easy. Very easy.

I used a turkey basket (which has a door for easy access), but the basket that comes with your Big Easy works just fine too. You can see the can sticking out of the bottom of the chicken in the picture above.

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Ragin' Cajun Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
You'll want to use a Char-Broil folding roaster to make this even easier. Place inside a Big Easy basket (NOT directly on the bottom of the cooker!) and get to cooking!
Ingredients
  • 4 pound whole chicken, trimmed of any hanging skin and fat, giblets etc removed
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans beer (regular ole great American beer. No funky shaped cans!)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
Instructions
  1. Rinse the chicken in cold water. Transfer to a resealable bag or container.
  2. Whisk together 1 can of beer and the liquid smoke. Add to the container of chicken. Seal and refrigerate for 45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes to marinade the chicken.
  3. Fire up your Big Easy.
  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry.
  5. Rub the chicken down with a bit of oil, getting in every nook and cranny.
  6. Combine the Old Bay and Cajun seasonings.
  7. Rub half of the seasonings all over the outside and inside of the chicken.
  8. Open the remaining beer and take a few good swigs. Then add the remaining rub to the beer can. Put your finger over the opening and shake a bit to combine.
  9. Place the beer can in the holder, if using. Latch it in.
  10. Carefully slide the chicken over the beer can.
  11. Transfer the chicken to a Char-Broil Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
  12. Cook until the chicken is done, reading 175 F in multiple places using an instant-read thermometer.
  13. Let rest 15 minutes before carving.