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Emeril’s Version of Beer Can Chicken

Have you ever tasted Beer Can Chicken?  It’s a dish that some of you may have had while camping or tailgating.  The idea is to roast a whole chicken over an open can of beer so that the chicken gets automatically basted from the inside out.  The chicken comes out super moist, succulent and tender!

There are some downsides, however…

If the chicken is not properly secured in the pan, it inevitably ends up tipping over which empties the beer can and makes a general sticky mess of things.  Also, the aluminum beer can used in this process is not exactly hygienic, and contains dyes and chemicals that probably should not be heated to high temperatures with food over it.  Is there a better way to do this?  I’m glad you asked…

Check out this pan in the Emerilware collection:

Emeril's Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Vertical Poultry Roaster

It is the Emeril Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Vertical Poultry Roaster!

I’m wondering if Emeril himself is a big Beer Can Chicken fan, because this pan is really well thought out.  Made from cast iron, this pan is excellent for heat retention, can withstand very high heat, and is stable enough to hold the chicken in the proper position.  The pan can be used in the oven, or for an authentic cookout flavor, on the barbecue.

The best part of this pan, and the big difference from many other poultry roasters, is the raised well in the middle of the pan.  This is where you prop up your chicken so that it is ready for roasting.  This is also where you can add any wine, juices, stock, herbs, garlic, lemon, lime, and yes… beer, to recreate that Beer Can Chicken experience!  Personally, I would also add a flavorful rub to the outside of the chicken so the skin crisps up nicely.  Something like salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika, or some of your favorite herbs mixed with a bit of vegetable oil. 

Or you could go Emeril all the way with Emeril’s Essence or any of his other spice mixes!  If you need a bit more help you can check out Emeril’s recipe for Beer Can Turkey Breast with BBQ Gravy, where he specifically uses this poultry roaster for the recipe!  He says that every morsel of the turkey comes out juicy and succulent.  I’m getting hungry just thinking about it…

And the added bonus is that the outer ring of the pan is perfect for adding vegetables like potatoes, carrots, onions, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, asparagus and garlic that can be roasted at the same time as the chicken.  They would also get basted with cooking juices as they are roasted.  So you pretty much get your entire meal in this pan.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!

If you have a big family, I would recommend getting two.  This chicken is too good not to share!

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2 Responses to “Emeril’s Version of Beer Can Chicken”

  1. John says:


  2. Gerald Ulman says:

    I’ve invited the whole family round this xmas for a traditional dinner, so obviously the roast is pretty central to that.. I found a bunch of recipes at this roast recipes site, but cant seem to decide on one – there’s too many to choose from! It’s fun planning such a big xmas dinner though!

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