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.

My Apple Ale beer can chicken, made on the Big Easy, is also crazy good.

For something different, try my beer can cabbage on the Big Easy. It’s different for sure!

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Root Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

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.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 1 chicken
Author Mike

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

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  • Lightly brush the chicken with oil.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients except for the root beer. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mixture. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning onto the chicken.
  • Add reserved spice mixture to the root beer and insert into the chicken.
  • Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  • Cook for 15 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  • Let rest 15 minutes before removing the soda can and carving.

Root Beer Carrots

When I made some Salisbury steaks the other day, I needed a side that reminded me of a TV dinner. These root beer carrots fit the bill and then some!Root Beer Carrots

I ‘cheated’ and used baby carrots, but whole carrots sliced or cut into 1″ or so chunks will also work just as great.

Also try my carrots au gratin.

Root Beer Carrots

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 1 12 ounce bottle root beer (diet works fine)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin I used 1/4 teaspoon since we're not big fans of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves I used 1/4 teaspoon since we're not big fans of cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds baby carrots
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water, the root beer, brown sugar, cinnamon, cumin and cloves. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the carrots. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the cover and continue cooking until the carrots are tender, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the thyme, and serve.