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Beer-In-the-Butt Chicken

from Pearl River

This is a bit unorthodox. Not exactly haute cuisine, but the end result is some of the juiciest, most mouthwatering bird you'll ever try. All you'll need is a whole chicken, butter, beer, and seasonings.

Although this is a redneck recipe, when you cook it, please do yourself and your guests a favor and use good beer (= no mass-produced mainstream swill).


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can of decent beer
  • 1 4-pound whole chicken


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for low heat.
  2. In a small skillet, melt 1/2 cup butter. Mix in 1 tablespoon garlic salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, salt, and pepper.
  3. Drink half the beer, leaving the remainder in the bottle. Add remaining butter, garlic salt, paprika, and desired amount of salt and pepper to beer bottle. Place bottle on a disposable baking sheet. Set chicken on top, inserting it into the cavity of the chicken. Baste chicken with the melted, seasoned butter.
  4. Place baking sheet with beer and chicken on the prepared grill. Cook over low heat for about 3 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken has reached 180 deg F (80 deg C).
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    Last updated: October 12, 2010