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Beer Can Chicken Recipe for Summer BBQ Grilling

Beer Can Chicken Recipe

Have you heard of beer can chicken?  Well, here is the recipe you have all been waiting for to go along with the BBQ chicken rub recipe I posted earlier this month.  This is a really simple way to make an amazing barbecue whole chicken on the grill.  There is nothing fancy needed…we are getting back to the basics.

Supplies Needed:

  • Roasting Chicken – whole
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • Chicken rub
  • 1 can of beer

Be sure to have a large bowl on hand along with a small glass, meat thermometer, barbecue spatula, and serving fork.

Apply Rub

Rinse and dry your chicken thoroughly.  Rub with olive oil all over and proceed to apply rub.

Heat the Barbecue Grill

Preheat your grill between 350 and 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes.

Prepare the Chicken for the Grill

Pour about 1/4 of the can of beer into a glass.

Open the rear of the chicken to prepare it for the can of beer.

Put the remaining can of beer in the bottom of a large bowl and gently push the chicken over the top.

Carefully place the chicken, stuffed with can of beer, on the grill.

Insert Thermometer

Depending on the size of your chicken and the heat of your barbeque, cooking time will vary.  You can expect to cook the chicken for about 1-1/2 hours, but the best way to ensure the chicken is fully cooked and safe to eat is by using a meat thermometer.

Insert the thermometer deeply in the breast of the chicken, but take care not to touch any bone.  Chicken should be cooked until the internal temperature reaches 185 degrees F.

Getting Ready to Serve Beer Can Chicken

When the internal temperature has been reached, remove the chicken from the grill.  It is helpful to use a barbecue spatula underneath the can and a serving for in the chicken to remove safely.   Allow to stand roughly 10 minutes before carving.

Remove the beer can, but be VERY CAREFUL because the contents will be extremely HOT!  Keep the chicken upright until you’re ready to remove.  It is best to have two people when removing the can.  One person can hold the chicken steadily while the other carefully removes the can from the cavity.  Make sure everyone wears gloves to protect their hands.


Check back for some great bbq sides coming up in the next few weeks!


  1. Mary Ambrosino says

    The heck with the chicken…..lol

  2. Wow, looks yummy!!

  3. Now that the weather is turning, this looks pretty darn good!
    The rub is a great, deep color. Tasty.

  4. That looks a.mazing!!!

  5. C.H. Licken says

    hi, erm maybe its just me but i dont quite see what the effect of inserting a beer can into a chickens anus would have? what are the advantages of this? surely if you saw a cannibal shoving a beer can up a human corpse, youd question it ? call me the voice of the chickens.


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