Beer Can Chicken


Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken
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Saucy and flavorful, this easy recipe for a barbecue classic, Beer Can Chicken, will have everyone raving about this tender and moist grill favorite! Be sure to watch the video to see how you can end up with one of the most tender and moist chickens you've ever tasted! 

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 (12-ounce) can beer, half of beer removed
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (3- to 3-1/2-pound) whole chicken

What to Do

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. Add barbecue sauce to beer can.
  2. In a small bowl, combine basil, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; mix well and rub evenly over chicken.
  3. Place cavity of chicken over beer can so that chicken is sitting on can, then carefully place can (with chicken on it) on rack in center of grill.
  4. Cover grill and cook 1 to 1-1/4 hours, or until no pink remains in chicken and its juices run clear. Pour remaining sauce from can into a bowl, and serve with chicken.


  • No grill? No problem! This can also be cooked in a 350 degree oven for 1 to 1-1/4 hours, or until no pink remains in the chicken.
  • While the grill is hot, why not throw on some veggies for a homestyle go-along that'll have your gang asking for seconds!
  • Why not add some delicious German Coleslaw to your plate?

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I make this a couple times a summer. It helps if you have a beer can holder that's made for this purpose, so it stays standing. It is an easy recipe and very good and juicy!

I have 2 beer can holders, one for my oven and one for the outdoor grill, both are well used! My family loves this recipe.

We tried the beer can chicken and it was delicious but the skin was tough where did we go wrong?

Janice, I make this all the time, and find that just a spritzer of oil on the chicken every 10-15 min. will keep the skin moist and tender throughout the cooking. I have also basted it with a ton of different things while cooking to help that exact problem. Just use your imagination as to what tastes you might like on the skin, mix it up and just baste from time to time.

How much longer would you leave the chicken on the grill for a chicken weighing 4 pound or more?

Just watch the temp and recommended cooking to 165 degrees F.

Probably only 10 min or so. If you can, use a thermometer and wait till it is close to 165 degrees F. Otherwise, just do as it says, and poke it, and make sure the juices run clear.

Chicken was so good and juicy, great flavor. Cooked in oven using the Blue Jean chef's upright roasting pan w/ sliced red potatoes & onions.

If this is done in the oven, do you cover it?

No, you don't have to cover the chicken in the oven.

try it with lemon aid or ice tea very good to

i put 4 oz. of teryaki sause and 7 galic cloves and half can of beer and WOW ...smack yo mama good !!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your comments joker! You cracked us all up in the Test Kitchen!

I use chicken broth in the beer can that I have seasoned with onion and garlic powder, poultry seasoning, seasoned salt and a cut up lemon. It really doesn't seem to matter what is in the can as long as there is a liquid to keep the chicken moist.

You can find a special folding rack that, when set up locks, place the beer can in the center and then set the cavity of the chicken over the upright part of the special rack. This can be put in a baking pan or dish and done in the oven, as well, at 375 degrees. Also, instead of the barbecue sauce and spices mentioned, use your own favorite meat spice rub and rub this into the chicken and then grill or bake.

If you don't have beer, ginger ale, sprite or 7 up works too.

have tried other beer can chicken but this recipe is terrific we were very happy with the taste and all thank you its the best beer can chicken ever

First Beer Can recipe I ever made was Mr.Food's and I have never gone back to regular roasting since then. I make in the oven or on the grill. Sometimes use ginger ale or cola. Comes out moist, juicy, and flavorful every time.


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