Beer Can Chicken

May 08, 2008 by Average Joe Cooking | 5 Comments| Share it:   



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  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: 2 - 3 hrs.
  • Serves: 4

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1 - 4 pound or more Whole Chicken

1 Can of beer

1 Small Onion or Potato

Basic Rub

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup paprika

2 tablespoons black pepper

2 tablespoons salt

Kansas City Style Rib Rub

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup paprika

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 teaspoon cayenne

Step 1

Preheat the grill for indirect heat. With a gas grill this is easy just turn on one side to medium. If you are using a charcoal grill you will have to move all of the coal to one side of the grill. Next it is time to prep the chicken. Take your spice rub and sprinkle it over the chicken and begin to rub it in every where. You can even rub some underneath the chicken for a bit extra flavor. You can use either of the spice rubs I have provided above. Either the Kansas City style one for a bit of extra kick or the basic rub.


Step 2

Now open up your can of beer and you only want it to be half full so drink half and enjoy. Next take a can opener and go around the edge of the can and open it up so that it is easier to pour in the rub. Pour in any remaining rub. Now take the beer can and insert it into the cavity of the chicken. I used a beer can chicken stand that I got at Walmart for 4 dollars. It makes it easier and you don't have to worry about the chicken tipping over. But if you do not have a stand just use the legs and the beer can to form a tripod to stabilize it. 5. Important step: After you have your chicken on the beer can remember to take your small onion or potato and stuff it in the top or neck area of the chicken. This will prevent the moisture from escaping.


Step 3

Now take the chicken and place it on your baking sheet and place it on the grill over the side of the grill that is turned off. After about an hour rotate the chicken so that each side get done evenly.


Step 4

It should take about 2 to 3 hours to cook your chicken. You can check to make sure it is done by placing your meat thermometer in the thigh of the chicken and it needs to be at 180 degrees Fahrenheit. There you go that is your Beer Can Chicken. Now be careful when removing the can from the chicken remember the can and liquid inside will be hot. Once you have the can removed you can begin to carve up your chicken. Be prepared it will be juicy! Enjoy!

Now that you have learned how to make beer can chicken, please be sure to view these other chicken recipes. Also, you will love these American recipes.


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user does not have an avatar janmilnilo

Jul 03, 2008

To Average Joe:  Your “Beer Can Chicken” recipe is a terrific one.  My friends enjoyed it, we had a delightful dinner.  I can recommend it to other friends.  It is tasty and easy to prepare.  I am proud and glad I did it well according to your instructions. Thanks..!

user does not have an avatar janmilnilo

Jul 03, 2008

This recipe is something different and easy to cook. It’s fun with your partner in the kitchen - then later on you can both enjoy it with red wine and candle lights, romantic especially during your anniversary… 

user does not have an avatar bmw1969

Sep 11, 2008

Can you cook this in the oven?

user does not have an avatar Kenneth

Oct 07, 2010

Use the rest of the beer to make up a nice gravy, also try experiment and use canned tomatoes or corn the options are endless. Love cooking this meal, easy and fun…..your friends will think your’e mad.

user does not have an avatar N/A

Oct 13, 2010

This is one of the best recipes I have ever made.  It is a lot of fun to make and great reason to go pick up some beer.  I didn’t believe my brother when he first told me that we were going to cook a chicken with a can of beer up its butt but it turned out great.  If nothing else, it’s a great conversation starter to talk about making this recipe.

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