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Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken
Written by Guest

When I saw “Beer Can Chicken” I thought it can’t possibly work but I was wrong. The flavour of the chicken is superb and a talking point amongst your family and friends. I have cooked this on BBQ and under a grill and it was superb both ways. When you serve the chicken standing upright you get two reactions,  disbelief and amusement. Family and friends seem to imagine it is about to run off and can’t figure out how its vertical. In the old days I used to put a lemon in the chicken to add flavour. Since then,  the lemon goes in the gin and tonic served with it.

Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken

Having a dinner party and want to be different then this is the dish for you.
4.81 from 110 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Alcohol, Chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 810kcal



  • Season the whole chicken with salt and pepper or your favorite dry rub.
  • Empty about half of the beer from the can and place the can upright in the cavity of the chicken.
  • Carefully place the chicken upright on the grill over indirect heat, using the can and the chicken's legs to balance it.
  • Grill over indirect heat until the internal temperature in the thigh is 160F (70C) and the juices run clear.
  • Carefully remove the chicken with the beer can (the can will be hot) and allow to rest for 15 minutes before lifting it off the can.


Sodium: 270mg | Cholesterol: 337mg | Calories: 810kcal | Saturated Fat: 15g | Fat: 57g | Protein: 71g