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"To barbecue" means to slow-cook foods at a low temperature for a long time with wood or charcoal.

"To grill" means to cook foods over direct heat and cook it much faster than barbecue with gas, wood or charcoal.

Beer Can Chicken

YES, you have heard me right! Beer can chicken, no longer just to get drunk, but also very good to get the chicken wasted. This method is surprisingly easy, quite delicious, and always impressive for parties. I say it mostly show your neighbor that you know more then him.

It add steam/moisture inside the chicken body cooking it way faster and some say it had juice! Don't worry about the ink from the can just wrap your can in foil paper to avoid contact with the ink.

1 whole chicken
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons of your favorite dry spice rub
1 can beer

Whether you intend to grill or smoke the bird, the goal is indirect heat. No coals or burner directly under the chicken. Place a drip pan under the bird. If you are grilling, turn the burners to medium-high on one side of your grill and place the bird on the other side.

The chicken
Remove and discard neck and giblets from chicken. Rinse chicken inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels. Rub or brush the chicken lightly with oil then season inside and out with your own dry rub. Open a can of beer and drink 1/2 of it first. Wait 5 minutes then drink the other half and open a second can for the chicken. Drink 1/3 of the second beer and reserve remainder of beer for the bird. Using a can opener, pop a few more holes in the top of the can so that more moisture will escape. With the can on a steady surface, lower the chicken onto the can. It should stand on it's own using the legs and can as a tri-pod.

Cooking the chicken
Cook the chicken over medium-high with the grill cover on for approximately 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours. The chicken will be done when the internal temperature registers 180F. Remove from grill with tongs and move to cutting board. Let the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before carving.

Enjoy with more beer and your favorite barbecue sauce.

Private Chef Martin for Cooking Classes and Catering in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton.

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