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This year I decided to try another variation, I used a Lime-a-Rita beer with a smoky spice rub on the outside. I like the citrus punch of a marguarita, so it seemed like a good idea and it was. This chicken was very moist and had a good flavor.
Lime-A-Rita Beer Can Chicken
1- 5 lb. whole chicken
1-12-oz. Budweiser Lime-A-Rita beer*
1 tsp. lime juice
1 clove garlic
1 T. smoked paprika
1 T. kosher salt
1 T. onion powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried cilantro
1 tsp. cracked black pepper
1 T. garlic powder
In a small plastic bowl with a lid, mix all the spices together. Extra rub can be stored for months.
Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
Rub chicken and cavity with the oil.
Sprinkle the chicken with spice mixture, seasoning the cavity and under the skin .
Pour out 1/4 of the beer and add lime juice to the can. Drop in a garlic clove.
Sit the chicken on top of the beer can.
Place the chicken in the center of the hot grill and close lid.
Cook the chicken for 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer registers 165 degrees F.
Let rest, then place dethroned bird on plate and cut apart into sections for serving.
*Substitute Sprite or other lemon/lime soda.