Dry Rub for Beer Can Chicken

Posted on 04/02/2011 by Erock
Dry Rub for Beer Can Chicken

Once you’ve mastered the basic Beer Can Chicken technique, the world’s your oyster. In fact you could grill oysters WITH your Beer Can Chicken, but that I’m gonna save for another post. Today I’m going to get down to the nitty gritty, low-down and messy world of Dry Rub for Beer Can Chicken.

If you’ve been living in a cave all of your life, you might be wondering, well, what is dry rub? We wrote an earlier post that covers dry rub basics and a simple dry rub, as well as some tips on how to get the most out of your very own dry rub genius. If that isn’t enough for you however, and you are ready to take your game to the major-league beer can chicken level, we have a few more dry rub options to try listed below. The first is a variation on the basic  dry rub for beer can chicken, and all of these are good on the grill or in the oven — you cannot go wrong.

Dry Rub for Beer Can Chicken

Drunken Chickens Hot of The Grill — Made Better with Dry Rub

For that matter you can buy some really great all-purpose dry rubs online, or at your local grocery store. We wrote a review of one of our favorite Kansas City Rubs from Steve Raichlen, but we also like Stubb’s, and Seattle’s own excellent Rub with Love  from chef Tom Douglas.

The recipes below are all fairly quick and easy to make ahead of time; and since they are all made from powdered spices it’s easy to mix them up ahead of time and store them. (But don’t keep them in the cupboard for 200 years — spice is nice when it’s fresh.) You might have to hunt around for some of these ingredients, but most of it you probably already have on hand.

And speaking of yer hands…remember to always wash up good and proper with hot water and soap after handling raw chicken, and be careful to avoid cross-contaminating any uncooked meat with your cutting board, knives or other food surfaces. Better safe than sorry.

Now, without further ado or fanfare I lay on you the mysterious and arcane secrets of…

Killer Dry Rub for Beer Can Chicken

All of these rubs call for ground spices. All you need to do is find the right stuff, combine in a small container with a lid and shake it up. A few hours before you mount the bird on the beer can or beer can rack, apply a light coating of cooking oil or butter, then slather, rub and massage the powdered goodness on and let chicken little sit in the fridge a few hours until go-time. That’s about it. Easy as pie, only a lot more greasy. What?!! You don’t have a beer can chicken holder? You can grab one online for less than 10 bucks.

Simple BBQ Dry Rub for Beer Can Chicken:

Combine these dry ingredients in a small container with a lid and shake or stir it up completely. This simple rub works well as a dry rub for beer can chicken, but also works with turkey, turkey burgers and the like.

  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Dry Mustard (We use Coleman’s)
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin

Kinda Cajun Rub for Beer Can Chicken:

Combine these dry ingredients in a small container with a lid and shake up. Pour 1 Teaspoon of the Old Bay Seasoning in the Beer can. Use the other teaspoon in the rub.

  • 1 Teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (for the beer can, after you open it, drain about 1/3 of the beer out, drop some Old Bay directly into the can)
  • 1 Teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (for the Rub)
  • 2-3 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • White Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground White Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons Thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • Thyme
  • Black Pepper

Mustard Dry Rub for Beer Can Chicken

Combine ingredients in a container with a lid and shake it all up.

  • 1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Celery Seed
  • 1 Teaspoon Coleman’s dry mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika

For another rub variation check out this post for a nice Jamaican Jerk Rub you can do in the food processor. This is technically a wet rub, more like a paste than a powder, but no matter what you call it, it makes for some fine eating.  Have fun with the rub, make up your own and tell us what you come up with; and until our next post, don’t rub anyone the wrong way.

4 Responses to “Dry Rub for Beer Can Chicken”

  1. Coshon

    11/03/2011 at 7:29 PM

    Love the “kinda cajun rub”

  2. Rob

    08/06/2011 at 5:23 AM

    Thanks for this m8!

  3. Storm

    19/06/2011 at 3:12 PM

    The BBQ rub is awesome. I have used it 3 times now. I haven’t tried the others yet, but I think I will do so. Beer can chicken is delicious!

    • Erock

      02/07/2011 at 5:24 PM

      Thanks guys. Working on a new secret ingredient to push the rub over the EDGE. Bacon Paste.