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Beer can grilled chicken

This is a surprisingly simple way to make an amazing barbecue whole chicken on the grill. With this recipe, you don’t need any special equipment, just a beer can and it makes incredibly moist chicken you’ll remember for a long time.


1 chicken (whole roasting chicken)
1 cn beer
  seasoning (rub for chicken)


Apply rub and heat the barbecue: Prepare your rinsed and dried chicken by rubbing olive oil all over. Then proceed to apply rub all over as well. Pre-heat the barbecue to 350–400° F for about 15 minutes.

Prepare the chicken for the grill: Pour out about 1/4 of the beer before placing it in the chicken. Open up the rear of the chicken to prepare it for beer can insertion. Place the beer can in your bowl and gently push the chicken over top.

Insert thermometer: Place the chicken on the grill. Insert the thermometer deeply into the breast, but take care not to touch any bone.

Cook: Depending on the size of your chicken and the heat of your barbecue, cooking time will vary. You can expect to cook the chicken for about 1 1/2 hours, but the best way to ensure you have a fully cooked chicken is by using a meat thermometer - Cook until chicken reaches 185° F internal temperature.

Get ready to serve: When the internal termperature has been reached, remove the chicken from the grill. You can place a barbecue spatula underneath the can and a serving fork into the chicken to remove it. Let stand for 10 minutes before carving. Carve and enjoy this incredibly moist chicken.

Total time
2 hours
Cooking time
Preparation time
8 servings


Also, keep on hand a large bowl, small glass, meat thermometer, serving fork and barbecue spatula.

Remove the beer can, but realize it is REALLY hot as are its contents. Keep the chicken upright until you’re ready to remove it. It’s best if you can have two people for this operation. One to hold the chicken steady and one to carefully remove the can. Make sure everyone involved protects their hands from the heat.


North American cuisine

Season with rub for chicken.

Serve with grilled corn on the cob and grill baked potatoes.

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poultry, main course
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