In grilling and barbecue, bragging rights ensures bigger is almost always better, so why not go for broke with beer-can turkey!
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Big Bud's Beer Can Chicken is Fieri's version of beer can chicken, named for his preferred brew for this recipe, all-American Budweiser. The bird is rubbed with a spiced (but not very spicy) blend of oregano, ginger, onion and garlic powder, paprika, and sage, and then set atop a can of Bud popped with a few cloves of garlic. The chicken is placed vertically in the pan and draped with slices of bacon. Since the cooking happens upright, the grease from the bacon drips down the chicken during the cooking, basting it with all of its salty smokiness.
Beer can chicken is an iconic summer dish. This version, however, is roasted instead of thrown on the grill. The theory is that the beer steams inside the bird, making the final product extremely moist. Whether or not that's true, the beer definitely adds flavor, and the addition of a few aromatics takes that even farther. Light beers are the best choice for this dish; I recommend PBR.
I was discussing Memorial Day eats on the ride home with my coworker and mentioned the possibility of smoking some beer-can chicken this weekend. This utterance caused my workmate to drop his jaw, take his eyes off the road to stare directly at me and exclaim with puzzled excitement, "What the hell is that?!?!"