Well I adore roast chicken.... I can cook it alot of ways, the Cooks illustrated way.... the clay pot way.... recently bought a nice farm rasied organic 5 week bird and did it with the beer can roaster, which is a fast way to roast a bird, 40 mins. http://www.beercanchickenroaster.com/ i do not own this model, I set my bird in a heavy shallow pan in the wire holder and just added beer and water to the heavy pan, the beer has sugar whiches carmelizes the skin, and the water helps steam, family agreed it was a great way to do a spring, farm bird, The basic process is to take a half full can of beer with the top cut off. Place it where you are going to be doing the cooking and then place the chicken over it so that the beer can is inside the chicken. Since it's advent, people have begun adding all kinds of spices and extras to the beer to make it more flavorful. Generally, you will see garlic, cayenne, diced onions, or cumin added but you can use almost anything you want to. So why does this work so well? First of all, you are adding a source of moisture to the chicken that keeps it from drying out. Second, you are adding beer. Now, more than the fact that beer is good, the yeast and malt found in beer reacts with the chicken, particularly the skin, making it thin and crispy while the meat remains juicy. Garland Rome suggested to me using crab boil, which works really well. Like I said, you can do this regardless of how you plan to cook the chicken. Of course, it will turn out differently if you put it on the grill, versus in the smoker, but the basic principles still apply. Cook the chicken as you would normally. Always put something under the chicken like foil or a baking dish to catch the drippings. The biggest problem you might run into is the chicken tipping over. The weight of a half full can of beer just isn't enough to keep the chicken standing, especially if you are doing a large bird. But never fear, your fellow outdoor cooks have recognized the need and a host of products have appeared on the market to help you out. If you look in the "Elsewhere on the Web" section you will find a few variations to choose from. quoted from the about page, cook on !