Leighann's Oven Baked Beer-can Chicken

Leigh Montgomery-Owens


This is a fav of my family and friends all year round! and it is just as good in the oven as it is on the grill!! Makes for a great Sunday dinner!! Also if you don't want to use the beer you can always substitute it with a can of cola!


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4-6 depending size of chicken
35 Min
2 Hr


  • 1
    tyson whole fryer chicken 4-5 lbs
  • 1
    beer can chicken rack
  • 1- 12 oz
    can of beer (i use budweiser)
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter (softened)
  • 1/4
    red onion
  • 1 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cayenne red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp
    webster's been can chicken seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp
    grill mates roasted garlic and herbs
  • 2 Tbsp
    seasoning salt
  • 2 Tbsp
    lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic powder

How to Make Leighann's Oven Baked Beer-can Chicken


  1. Prepare chicken by washing/rinsing off inside and out! Remove neck, and giblets and pat dry with paper towels. Set chicken aside to make seasonal rub for outside of chicken! ( I also like to take two fingers and make cavities between the skin and meat around both legs, and breasts leaving skin in contact in the middle!)
    For rub take softened butter and mix with half of the beer can chicken seasoning, roasted garlic herb, season salt, cumin, garlic powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper,and paprika. Mix well and set aside!
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Open beer and pour about 1/2 cup into a glass and drink it or set it aside for basting! Make a extra hole in top of can and add the remaining seasons to the beer (it may fizz up a little bit but don't be worried, that is normal!)
    Season outside of chicken with butter seasoning rub, making sure to cover the whole chicken (even in the cavities made earlier when cleaning! this process is messy but so worth it!)
  3. Hold the chicken above the can of beer and slide the chicken over the can. Fold the wings back behind the chicken. Make sure the legs are in front of the can, supporting the chicken. Place 1/4 red onion in top of chicken neck to keep steam from escaping during cooking! Place the chicken inside a disposable pan.
    Place chicken in oven cook 1 1/2 to 2 hrs till golden brown or internal temperature in the thigh is 175 degrees F and breast is 160 deg F. I like to bast the outside of the chicken with the drippings from the pan every 30 mins too make it extra juicy!
  4. Remove from the oven (be careful not to spill the contents of the beer can as it will be very hot) and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

    Use a pair of locking tongs and grab the bottom of the beer can to remove from the chicken cavity. Place on a platter or cutting board to rest and cool. Carve and serve.

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About Leighann's Oven Baked Beer-can Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tags: For Kids Healthy
Hashtags: #Can #Beer

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