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5 Techniques for Great Grilled Chicken


Technique #3: Steaming

Steaming may not sound like a grilling technique, but a little liquid (in this case, beer!) inside a whole chicken can create a full-on flavor sauna. Don't let the long cooking time stop you from trying this. When the grill lid opens to reveal the gorgeous, golden bird, you'll be glad you did. (Psst: The waiting time also buys you a built-in cocktail hour!)

Tip! Smoke, don't sauce! To infuse rich flavor into the meat and skin without tending to the chicken over a hot fire, smoke it from the outside in. Set presoaked hickory or applewood chips on the grill, close the lid -- and voilá, instant smoker!

Tip! Make carving a cinch! Remove the legs and wings first, pulling back their joints, then slicing through them with a sharp chef's knife. Getting these pieces out of the way makes carving the breasts easier.

Get the Beer-Can-Smoked Whole Chicken recipe!