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Ginger "Beer Can" Chicken

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 10 mins
Yield

Makes 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (13- x 9-inch) disposable aluminum baking pan
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 (3 1/2- to 4-lb.) whole chickens
  • 2 (12-oz.) cans ginger ale
  • Ginger Ale Glaze

How to Make It

  1. Light 1 side of grill, heating to 400° to 475° (medium-high to high) heat; leave other side unlit, placing disposable baking pan under grill grate. Stir together salt and next 5 ingredients; sprinkle mixture inside cavity and on outside of each chicken.

  2. Reserve just 3/4 cup ginger ale from each can to put toward the 2 cups needed in glaze. Place chickens upright onto each can, fitting can into cavity. Pull legs forward to form a tripod.

  3. Pour water to a depth of 1 inch into disposable pan. Place chickens upright on unlit side of grill above pan. Grill, covered with grill lid and rotating chickens occasionally, 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes or until golden and a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove chickens from cans, and carve. Serve with Ginger Ale Glaze.