One of the best things about winter in Alabama is that it’s never too cold to fire up the grill. Here’s one of my go to recipes for a cold winter day but don’t be afraid to try it in the sweltering heat of July either. I use a gas grill with a smoke box for wood chips, but you can make this on a charcoal grill or even in your oven.
I've included a basic poultry rub recipe but about half the time I will just use a store bought dry rub (my favorite is Sicky Fingers BBQ Dry Rub). So here we go!
Basic Dry Rub ingredients:
1/4 cup coarse salt (kosher or sea)
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup sweet paprika
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Garlic powder
1 tablespoon Onion powder
1 tsp Ground thyme
1 tsp Rubbed sage
Dead Drunk Chicken Ingredients:
1 whole 4 lb chicken
1 12 oz can beer (chef’s choice but I like a sweeter beer for this)
4 cloves crushed garlic
1 medium onion chopped
3 tablespoons Dry Rub
1. Preheat one side of the grill to medium for indirect cooking.
2. Pop the top on the can of beer and remove about 3/4 cup.
3. Punch 2 additional holes in the top so the beer will evaporate evenly.
4. Place about 2 garlic cloves and some of the onion, salt and pepper in the can.
5. Remove giblets and rinse chicken in cold water.
6. Dry thoroughly by blotting with paper towels, inside and out.
7. Sprinkle some dry rub inside the body and neck cavity.
8. Rub down the outside of the chicken with vegetable oil.
9. Sprinkle the outside of the chicken with dry rub, covering thoroughly.
10. Put some of the leftover rub in the beer can (it may foam up, this is normal).
11. Place the can on the grill and put the chicken over the can.
12. Use the chicken legs to support the bird.
13. Cover the grill and cook until skin is golden brown and very crispy (about 1.25 to 1.5 hours)
1. It's BBQ, not baking. Cooking times and measurements are more like suggestions.
2. If your bird is getting too dark then tent the chicken loosly with aluminum foil.
3. Do not drink the beer after the chicken is done. You've been warned.
4. Add some cheyenne pepper if you want some heat.
That's it. Let me know how it turns out, a'ight!