Five-Spice Beer-Can Chicken

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  • 1 whole chicken
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese five spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 (12 ounce) can beer
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 whole cloves garlic, peeled
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Pat chicken dry with paper towels and remove neck and giblets from cavity. Season well, inside and out, with salt and pepper.  Stir together five spice and cayenne. Add just enough oil to make a paste and rub over outside of chicken.
Pour out about half of beer (into a glass to enjoy while you cook?). Add orange juice and garlic cloves to can. Sit chicken upright and place can in cavity. Push chicken down to cover can, with legs sitting out in front to keep upright (or use a beer-can chicken rack).
To grill, heat grill to 400°F and cook chicken over indirect heat until internal temperature reaches 165°F, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Alternately, sit chicken on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake in a 400°F oven, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Carefully lay cooked chicken on a serving platter (some beer will spill out – that’s OK) and remove can with tongs. Let rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.

Recipe from Central Market Mill Creek - Culinary Resource Center
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