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beer-can chicken

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Lynn Dine
Tampa, FL

“I love to make this chicken and then I use the leftover cooked chicken for another meal. It is so moist and juicy!!! I do use Paula Deen's House Seasoning, which I will include a 1/4 of the recipe of it in the directions section.”

★★★★★ 1
serves 4-6
prep time 10 Min
cook time 1 Hr 30 Min
method Grill

Ingredients For beer-can chicken

  • 5-6 lb
    chicken, cleaned and patted dry
  • seasoning salt (i use lawry's) to taste
  • house seasoning, to taste (recipe posted below)
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic, minced (or more or less to your liking)
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh lemon juice
  • 6-8 oz
  • any other herbs/spices of your choice to add to the beer, such thyme, oregano, basil
  • 1/3 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp
    garlic powder

How To Make beer-can chicken

  • 1
    Preheat grill to medium-high heat on one side of your grill, but will be cooking it on the side where the heat isn't on. Remove any bags of organs/neck/giblets. Rinse the chicken, and then pat it dry with paper towels. Sprinkle inside the cavity as well as outside with seasoned salt and house seasoning to taste.
  • 2
    Drink/pour 1/3-1/2 of a can of beer, then add at least 1 tablespoon(or as much as you like) of minced garlic and 2 tablespoons lemon juice to the can. This is the time to add any herbs/seasonings your family likes, such as, oregano, thyme, rosemary etc.
  • 3
    I then add this can to my beer-can chicken gadget, that I got at Walmart for less than 3 dollars, but you don't have to use one. Place chicken over the top of beer can so that it goes into the cavity. I place mine in a shallow foil pan, so that I catch the juices, which then could be used to make gravy or stock. Now place chicken on the grill over an area that is not over direct heat, cover and cook for one hour and thirty minutes or more, as the size of the chicken will determine when it will be cooked through,until there are no red juices, it is done.