For grilling aficionados and culinary enthusiasts, the pursuit of the perfect dish is a thrilling adventure. If you're looking to elevate your meat-cooking prowess, one classic recipe that should be at the top of your list is Beer Can Chicken. This dish not only showcases your grilling skills but also infuses the meat with a delightful combination of flavors. And with the addition of the Armeator One Wireless Meat Thermometer, you can now achieve this culinary masterpiece with precision and ease.
- 1 can (355 ml) of beer
- 500 ml (2 cups) of wood chips (preferably hickory or applewood)
- Aluminum foil
- 1 whole chicken, approximately 1.6 to 3.5 to 4 pounds (1.8 kg)
- Basic BBQ rub
- Armeator One Wireless Grill Thermometer
The Steps to Culinary Excellence
1. Start by opening the beer can and pulling the tab. Using the sharp side of a bottle opener, punch a few holes in the top of the can. Pour half of the beer over the wood chips to soak them. Keep the remaining beer in the can.
2. Set up your grill for indirect heat cooking. Prepare a packet of wood chips and place it beneath the grate over a burner.
3. Preheat the grill by turning the burner to high until the first wisp of smoke appears, then reduce the heat to medium. You can skip the smoke, but it adds an extra layer of flavor to the chicken.
4. Remove the bag of giblets from the chicken's cavity and set aside for future use. Trim any excess fat from the body and neck. Rinse the inside and outside of the chicken with cold water and pat dry. Season the interior with about 10 ml (2 teaspoons) of the BBQ rub. Rub about 10 ml (2 teaspoons) of the rub over the exterior. If you have the patience, you can rub some under the skin as well.
5. Pour about 10 ml (2 teaspoons) of the rub into the can. The foaming of the beer is normal. Place the chicken onto the can. Stretch the legs to form a tripod. Fold the wingtips behind the chicken's back.
6. This is where the Wireless Meat Thermometer comes into play. Insert the Armeator One probe into the thickest part of the chicken's thigh, ensuring it doesn't touch the bone. Connect the probe to the receiver.
7. Once the grill is ready, place the chicken, upright and on the can, on the side of the grill with the burner off. Cover with the lid and cook for 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, until the meat is cooked and the skin is crispy. The Armeator One will allow you to monitor the internal temperature of the chicken remotely, ensuring it reaches a safe and flavorful level.
8. Use tongs to carefully lift the chicken, still perched on the can, onto a serving platter. Let it rest for 5 minutes before gingerly removing the chicken from the can. Be cautious—the beer will be hot. Typically, the beer is discarded, but some people like to incorporate it into barbecue sauce. Carve the chicken, and it's ready to be savored.
The combination of the Wireless Meat Thermometer with the Beer Can Chicken recipe is a match made in grilling heaven. With the convenience of wireless temperature monitoring, you can confidently achieve the perfect cook every time. Whether you're a seasoned griller or a novice, this dynamic duo ensures that your Beer Can Chicken is not only delicious but also cooked to perfection. So, let the flavors meld, the beer infuse, and the Armeator One guide you to a culinary masterpiece that will have everyone at the table begging for seconds. Cheers to good food, good company, and the ultimate grilling experience!