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Smoked Faux-B-Que Beer Can Chicken With Cola BBQ Sauce

mesquite smoker wood chips, 2-3 handfulls
1 roasting chicken
14 cup firmly packed brown sugar
14 cup smoked paprika
3 tablespoons fresh ground black pepper
3 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon mesquite powder, I use McCormick grill mates (not a powder but zaar thinks so)
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground red chili pepper, d'arbol
3 fresh garlic cloves
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 cup Coke
1 cup ketchup
14 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon mesquite liquid smoke
3 tablespoons Heinz 57 steak sauce
1 teaspoon onion flakes
12 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients for the rub. You'll have extra for next time. Rinse & pat dry the chicken setting aside giblets, etc. for another use. Liberally season the chicken with the rub inside & out as well as gently pulling open a pocket in at the base of the neck over each breast & adding rub. Pop the tab of a regular size can of beer, I use Bud. Pour half the beer into the broiler pan with the chips and stuff 3 cloves garlic & 2 sprigs fresh rosemary into the can, spoon about a teaspoon of the rub into the can as well & then push the bird down onto it so that it sits snugly. You'll want the chicken to sit upright over the upright can (I only add this because a certain friend of mine asked how I kept the beer from spilling out when I laid the chicken down, it's okay, she's blonde). After 30 minutes turn oven up to 400 degrees so chips smoke. About 15 minutes before the chicken is done combine the sauce ingredients & bring to a boil until it reduces to about 1/4. Serve with chicken. I have a rack that I can insert the can into that holds the bird up but you can place a pie dish over the chips & balance the chicken & can to make it more stable if you don't have a rack (sold through Cabella's). Roast in oven for about an hour. I've tried lower temperatures but 400 makes the chips smoke & that's what you want. To remove chicken I slice up the belly so it comes more easily off the can ~ can will be extremely hot so be careful! Enjoy.

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