The Beer-Can Chicken (aka Drunken Chicken, aka Beer Butt Chicken) is arguably one of the coolest recipes having done the rounds over the last few years… however it’s also one of the most misleading.
There’s no need to waste beer! Whether you’re using an empty can or a can full of beer, vertical roasting drains fat nicely and you’re guaranteed crispy, tasty skin while ensuring succulent moist meat. So… In this recipe, the secret is to drink the beer and then use the can as a stand. Using a full (or half-full as many recipes suggest) beer is just wasting beer.
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