Be the winner at this weekend's tailgate with this fantastic recipe by Chef David Burke.
Create the chicken marinade by mixing all the ingredients, except for the chicken, in a mixing bowl. Next, add the chicken to marinade and marinate for 2 hours.
Heat the grill (on high, or until coals are ready for cooking). Open the can of Sam Adams Boston Lager. Remove 1 tablespoon of beer from the can. Using a grill fork or knife, punch a few holes in the top of the can. Place your chicken right side up on the can. It should sit up straight. (TIP: Be sure to place the beer can as far into the chicken as you can, as if you were balancing the chicken on the can.) Cut a small hole at the top of the chicken to allow steam to go in and out. Then, place a stainless steel funnel over the top of the chicken and cover the funnel hole with foil (this will allow steam to circulate and keep the chicken moist).
Place the beer can chicken in the middle of the grill and close the grill. Let the chicken cook for about 1 hour or until the meat reaches the temperature of 165 degrees.
For conventional ovens: Set the oven to 375 degrees. and cook the chicken on the bottom rack. Cook for 1 hour 20 minutes.