Beer can chicken. So simple, so flavorful, and literally the most tender bird I have pulled off of my Traeger. We laughed, we cried, we ran out of napkins cleaning up the juice running down our elbows and finally, we just resorted to licking our hands so no flavor would be wasted. I'm making it again tomorrow, and no, I am not ashamed. In fact, I'm salivating.
This recipe is a winner because it is easy to prepare and even easier to cook. Everybody loves a good roasted chicken, but sometimes prepping a whole bird can seem a little intimidating. To save you from your whole chicken reservations is the Traeger Chicken Throne. You are just a few short steps away from the best chicken of your life.
Traeger's King of all Chickens
Step 1) Rinse your chicken inside and out and pat dry with paper towels.
Step 2) Rub chicken lightly with oil (I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and sprinkle with Traeger's Chicken Rub. You don't need a lot of the rub, a little goes a long way.
Step 3) Fill your Chicken Throne to the shoulder with your favorite ale, lager, or stout. There is a bit of controversy over the best beer for your chicken. I went with a classic beer, but the choice is yours!
Step 4) Place your chicken over your throne with the neck pointed up.
Step 5) Turn your Traeger grill to smoke and leave the lid up for 4-5 minutes to establish fire and then set heat to Medium. My favorite pellets for this bird are Mesquite or Hickory.
Step 6) Grill your bird on Medium for approximately 1 1/2- 2 hours. The internal temperature of your chicken should reach 180 Degrees Fahrenheit and the juices run clear when pierced.
Step 7) Carefully remove your bird from the throne and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before carving.
Step 8) Enjoy!!
I think the King of all chickens deserves a Throne, but if you don't have access to one you can use the can from your beer. Just remove the top of the can using your can opener. If you want to add a little extra zing to your chicken, try adding a tablespoon of rub or a squeeze of lemon to your beer before you place the chicken on the Throne.