When I first heard about Beer Can Chicken (back home, years ago), I thought it was a joke. How and why would someone try to cook a chicken on top of a beer can? It just seemed unnecessary and a waste of beer. Even so, some friends and I tried it in college a couple times but with pretty terrible results. Pulling it off requires fairly legitimate grilling skills and patience, two things we had neither of then. I have since learned to cook and have what I would consider above average grilling skills, but I still had pretty much disregarded Beer Can Chicken as a silly novelty. Then my good friend, the owner of Black Dog Farms in southern Ingham County, approached me ealier this year to help organize a summer barbecue. Included on the menu along with smoked pork shoulder, ribs, sausages, delicious sides, and plenty of beer was Beer Can Chicken. I agreed and admitted my ineptness in regards to the final dish, but that I was certainly willing to help.