I love camping, as I’m sure anyone who reads this blog knows. Tents, no TV, campfires, actually being able to see stars…ahhh. My friends and I always take at least one camping trip a year (a tradition for the past 10 years), and over time, I have become the designated camp chef. Of course we always have to have a hot dogs night, but this time, I wanted to step up my game. I found this recipe on The Beeroness and was immediately intrigued. Her recipe uses an oven, but what can be made in an oven can surely be done over a fire too, right? Plus I knew the photos of this would be ridiculous, and that is reason enough for me to do anything.
CHILI BROWN SUGAR CAMPFIRE BEER CAN CHICKEN
AUTHOR: Jackie Dodd | PREP TIME: 15 min | COOK TIME: At least a couple hours (mine took 3hrs)
- Whole roasting chicken
- 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 can of beer (I used Fosters)
- Remove the giblets and rinse the chicken inside and out. Dry very well with paper towels until all the moisture is gone.
- Sprinkle the inside cavity with 1 tablespoon salt.
- In a small bowl stir together the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, chili powder, onion powder and baking powder (this will help crisp the skin). *TIP: I mixed the spices at home and brought them ready to go in a ziplock bag so I wouldn’t have to pack all the spice containers*
- Rub the outside of the chicken with the spice mixture.
- Pour about ¼ of a cup of beer out of the can (or drink it). Place the can on a flat surface.
- Lower the chicken down onto the can until the can is well inside the chicken cavity. Set the chicken and can upright (use the two legs and the can to create a tripod) on a grill over the campfire. Roast until temperature reads 165° F on a meat thermometer, rotating (carefully!) as needed to ensure even cooking.
The seasoning rub was Ah-MAZE-ing!!! And the chicken came out so incredibly moist. I had four very happy friends after dinner that night. On the downside, it took forever to cook. So give yourself plenty of time for this one (if you are using a campfire). Campfire cooking can be so tricky.
Recipe obtained from The Beeroness. Check out her website for more awesome recipes!