How To Barbeque Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken hit the scene some years back as a very popular summertime barbeque creation that was easy to do and tasted great. It is still very popular today. It is the ideal dish for the backyard smoker barbeque chef because it is simple to do and you can vary the recipe a thousand different ways for a thousand different flavor combinations.

This recipe is quick and easy. I would try some of the different recipes on this website or just take a basic recipe and experiment. The family will love it and if you have guests you will be sure to get alot of compliments.

  • Whole roasting chicken
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Your favourite chicken rub
  • 1 beer

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. So lets get started!

Supplies Needed:



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

    Step 1: Apply Rub

    Prepare your rinsed and dried chicken by rubbing olive oil all over. Then proceed to apply rub all over as well.



    Step 2: Heat the Barbecue Grill

    Preheat the barbecue to 350 – 400 degrees F. Preheat for about 15 minutes.

    Step 3: Prepare the Chicken for the Grill

    Pour out about ¼ 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.

    Place the chicken on the grill.

    Step 4: Insert Thermometer

    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 ½ hours, but the best way to ensure you have a fully cooked chicken is by using a meat thermometer.

    Insert the thermometer deeply into the breast, but take care not to touch any bone. Chicken should be cooked until it reaches 185 degress F internal temperature.

    Step 5: 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.

    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.

    Carve and enjoy this incredibly moist chicken.


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