Step 1: Pour half of the beer or any other beverage of choice from the can into a spray bottle to make the spray. Add the apple juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar and shake well. Set aside.
Step 2: Spray the can with non-stick cooking spray and carefully slide the chicken over the beer can. If you are using a Beer Can Chicken Roaster Rack, place the can into the holder and slide the chicken over the can and holder.
Step 3: Apply the rub liberally all over the chicken, even inside the cavity. Work the mixture under the skin wherever possible. Cover it and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temperature. You can let it marinate for up to 24 hours for maximum flavour, but the chicken will need to be refrigerated.
Step 4: Prepare your BBQ grill for direct grilling and heat to 190C. You will not need the plate setter. If using another type of grill, follow the manufacturer’s directions for direct grilling and preheat the grill to 190C.
Step 5: Spray the chicken with the mixture in the spray bottle and close the grill lid. Cook for about 15 minutes or until it starts to brown all over. Respray and close the lid.
Step 6: Cook for approximately 45-60 more minutes, spraying the chicken every 15 minutes or so until the internal temperature of the thighs reaches between 72C.
Pro-tip: Use an instant-read meat thermometer and insert it into the thickest part of the thigh between the leg and the breast but not touching the bone.
Step 7: Spray the chicken once more, cover loosely with foil, and let it rest for a minimum of 10 minutes before carving and serving.