Ever since I got my Vortex for my Kettle Grill I knew I had to use it to cook a Beer Can Chicken. Cooking a whole Chicken this way guarantees that all sides of the Chicken is exposed to smoke, but also helps to give your Chicken a crispy skin. This recipe is extremely simple, get a Chicken, a Beer Can and the BBQ Rub of your choice. Let me show you how easy this is to cook yourself on your Kettle Grill.
Beer Can (I also recommend a Beer Can Chicken Holder)
BBQ Rub of your choice (I used Herbacious Hen BBQ Rub)
Start by removing your whole Chicken for the packaging. Rinse well and make sure the cavity is empty. Place a Beer can with around 1/3 of the Beer removed into a Beer Can holder and sprinkle some Rub inside. Carefully place the Chicken on the Beer Can. Season well on all sides with your BBQ rub.
Remove the top grate and place the Vortex Ring in the center of your bottom rack of your Kettle Grill. Arrange Charcoals around the Ring, allowing some open space at 3 separate areas around the Ring. Pour lighted Charcoal in those 3 spots and add some wood chips or chunks. I would recommend a light fruit wood, like Apple or Cherry.
Cook until the Chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove from grill and cover the Chicken with foil for 10-15 minutes. Slice and enjoy.
Watch my video below where I show you how to make this Beer Can Chicken, step by step.