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Beer Can Chicken

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The steaming beer keeps the meat moist delivering a perfect Beer Can Chicken meal


  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • Pinch or two of Cayenne pepper
  • Pinch or two of freshly ground black pepper
  • Finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • Wash and get the chicken ready
  • Paint with VOO (olive oil)
  • Smear with the rub
  • ¼ to ½ tin or beer (any flavor)
Beer Can Chicken
Beer Can Chicken


Get your BBQ ready
Remove neck and giblets and discard
Rinse and clean the chicken, pat dry with a paper towel
Rub chicken lightly with oil then rub the inside and outside of the chicken with your dry rub
Open a can of beer and pour off ½ of the beer, preferable drink it 
Place beer can on a solid surface, grab it by the legs, and plonk the chicken cavity over the beer can
Place on BBQ, close the lid and cook for ±1¼ hours
Carefully pick up the chicken and place it in a large container that can go on the BBQ.
Remove the can and leave the excess beer in the dish.
Sprinkle with rosemary and let it sit on the BBQ to rest for 5-10 minutes.
Serve with fresh salad.

Prepared, tried, and tested by Esme Slabs husband’s own creation

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36 thoughts on “Beer Can Chicken”

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  2. We did this once on a bbq and it was amaaaazing. So juicy and perfect (plus some added smokey flavours from the coal.)

    • Thanks Gabe – hope you will also enjoy it as much as we did. This is a keeper for us. Please feel free to adjust the rub with spices of your own preference. It’s so versatile that you should be able to adjust it to your liking. Enjoy

  3. It’s like you read my mind! My sister-in-law just said I should try beer can chicken because I love a good rotisserie and here you are! Wonderful. I think I’ll try this recipe next week. 🙂

    • WOW – I am honored that you want to keep it and try it out. You will find many different recipes for this, but this is our take on the beer can chicken. You can add any spice to the rub as per your own preference. Enjoy it

  4. I have quite a few friends and relatives who will enjoy this recipe, I’ve passed it on to many people now! I usually stick with baking but I’m planning on making my first whole chicken in the fall, fingers crossed!

    • Thank you for visiting and sharing this easy recipe with your friends. Hope you will enjoy it as we do. As you’re a baker how about you participate in our monthly recipe exchange? Watch my blog on the 1 of the month for the new theme for August. If you wish, check out the sharing is caring tab for info on this program. I would love to showcase your baking. Also check out under the social media tab the post and then I can add your information there as well. Hope to see you on those platforms soon.


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