To make beer-can chicken on the grill, add chicken rub to a whole chicken that has been coated in vegetable oil, place it over a 12-ounce can of beer with some beer removed, and cook on the grill. This recipe calls for 10 minutes of preparation time, approximately 90 minutes of cooking time and 10 minutes of resting time and yields four servings.
To make the rub for beer-can chicken, combine 2 tablespoons each of smoked paprika, salt and onion powder, 1 tablespoon each of cayenne pepper and ground cumin, and 2 teaspoons each of dried thyme, dried oregano, black pepper and garlic powder in a small bowl, and mix well. Rub vegetable oil on a 4-pound chicken that has been washed and dried, including the cavity. Add the rub to the entire chicken, including the cavity.
Remove one-quarter of the beer from a 12-ounce can, and set the chicken's cavity over the beer can. Once the grill is hot, place the chicken in the center of the grill, and cook it for one hour to 90 minutes. Remove the chicken from the grill when it has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover the chicken loosely with foil, and let it sit for 10 minutes prior to carving and serving the chicken.