In the classic beer can chicken recipe, a whole chicken is balanced on a beer can before being cooked on the grill. The resulting chicken is wonderfully succulent. This recipe takes the main elements from the traditional recipe and cooks them in a weeknight-friendly manner. Instead of grilling a whole chicken, save time by cooking drumsticks, thighs, or breasts. You won't have to worry about the can and chicken spilling over onto the coals because in this variation, the beer is a rich marinade, and later, a sticky glaze for the poultry.
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One 12-ounce can or bottle beer, at room temperature Serves 8.
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt, plus more for sprinkling
6 chicken drumsticks (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 baking potatoes
Olive oil, for drizzling
Lime wedges, for serving
One 12-ounce can or bottle beer, at room temperature