Beer Can Chicken doesn’t have a long history that I can find. The only one who claims to know is Steve Raichlen who appears on different cooking shows and wrote the BBQ bible.
The most important thing I have learned is it is not the beer. I’m not sure that the beer inside the can adds any flavor to the inside of the chicken but it doesn’t hurt. It is the standing up that I like best about this technique.
It gets good heat all the way around and a heck of a lot easier than setting up a rotisserie.
The technique I like is to make a paste with water, and flour or water, flour and oil, with your spice mix. Then you can brush it on.
Here is the recipe for this chicken here, that I call Brewmaster’s Chicken .