Beer Can Chicken

Julia Ferguson


Source: Indianapolis Star, Wednesday Food Section.
This Chicken is moist, tender and full of flavor. I have even used the spices on pork chops baked in the oven. Give it a try, your family will love it.
Notes: Recipe shows 1 1/2 hrs cook time, but I like to grill for about 2 hrs. This is indirect medium heat on a gas grill until juices run clear.

★★★★★ 3 votes
15 Min
2 Hr


1 tsp
dry mustard
1 Tbsp
onion powder
1 tsp
1 tsp
kosher salt (i leave out)
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
1/2 tsp
ground corriander
1/2 tsp
ground cumin
1/2 tsp
black pepper
whole chicken
2 tsp
vegetable oil
1 - 16 oz
can of beer

How to Make Beer Can Chicken


  • 1Mix together in small bowl the first 8 ingredients (I usually double the amount of spices); set aside.
  • 2Open beer can and pour off half (or pour half in glass and enjoy).
  • 3Clean inside and outside of chicken and pat dry with paper towels. I usually put the cleaned chicken on a sheet pan.
  • 4Brush or rub vegetable oil on outside of chicken. Season inside and outside of chciken with spice mixture.
  • 5Set can of beer on flat surface and slide chicken over the top so the can fits inside the cavity. Balance the bird on its 2 legs and the can on the grill. Grill over indirect medium heat until juices run clear. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before removing the can. The can will be full of hot chicken juices so be careful.

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About Beer Can Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Diabetic
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #grilled, #Can, #Beer