Originally designed for the grill or oven, beer can chicken uses fizzy, flavorful beer to keep chicken moist and infuse it with subtle undertones of hops or malt. A dry rub of spices adds sweetness and smokiness reminiscent of barbecue but without the fire.
Brown sugar and dill add subtle sweetness, while paprika, cumin and chipotle chili create warmth and smokiness. If you can’t find smoked paprika or chipotle chili powder, feel free to substitute with different varieties. This chicken pairs well with barbecue sauce and classic picnic sides like coleslaw and potato salad.
Pro tip: For a spicy variation, eliminate the dill, reduce paprika to 1 tablespoon and increase the cayenne pepper to 1 tablespoon.