I've been making beer can chicken for years. I cook it in the oven more often than the grill. I also don't use beer. I use an empty beer can and fill it with water. I used beer the first time and although it smelled really good while cooking, I did not notice any benefit as far as taste was concerned. I season the chicken inside, outside, and between the flesh and the skin. For oven cooking, I first prepare a skillet by spraying it with a nonstick spray. I then place the beer can in the middle of the skillet and spray it too. This makes removal of the chicken much easier. After easing the chicken over the can, I place about a quarter inch or so of water in the skillet. This eliminates flare-ups during baking.
I also surround the chicken with cut or small potatoes. The potatoes taste great because of the chicken flavored water. I bake in the oven at 400 degrees, 15 minutes per pound.
Let it rest for 10-15 minutes and it comes out juicy, juicy, juicy every time without fail. This is by far my favorite way to roast a chicken.
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I've been making beer can chicken for years. I cook it in the oven more often than the grill....