BBQ beer can chicken

    1 hour 40 min

    You'll never barbecue a chicken the same again after trying this tried and trusted method! Place a well seasoned chicken on top of a can of your favourite beer, then BBQ to perfection.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 75g dark brown soft sugar
    • 2 tablespoons chilli powder
    • 2 tablespoons paprika
    • 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/2 (440ml) can beer
    • 1 (1.35kg) whole chicken

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Extra time:10min resting  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. Preheat an outdoor barbecue for medium-high heat. Mix the dark brown soft sugar, chilli powder, paprika, dry mustard, salt and ground black pepper in a small bowl. Place the half-full can of beer in the centre of a plate.
    2. Fit whole chicken over the can of beer with the legs on the bottom; keep upright. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the seasoning mix into the top cavity of the chicken. The beer may foam up when the seasonings fall inside the can. Rub the remaining seasoning mix over the entire surface of the chicken.
    3. Place the chicken, standing on the can, directly on the preheated barbecue. Close the lid and barbecue the chicken until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 1 hour 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 82 degrees C. Remove the chicken from the barbecue and discard the beer can. Cover the chicken with a doubled sheet of foil and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes before slicing.

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    I've made this before and it's very good. I find that instead of sprinkling the 1 tsp of seasoning into the cavity, it's easier to put it inside the beer. Also I use an aluminum pie plate large enough to hold the beer can and chicken. This catches all the drippings and reduces flare-ups. I've also made this recipe using a spice called Montreal Chicken Seasoning.  -  30 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    There's nothing quite like Beer Can Chicken! I made another recipe on this site a while ago and have been making these every summer. Since there's never a shortage of beer in this house or neighbor's to help us eat these birds we always love to make these. I made three of these last night for a BBQ! Two I made with regular paprika and one I made with smoked paprika and I added a couple teaspoons of garlic powder to all three. It's much easier to take the seasoning mixture and blend it with 1 cup of melted butter and place half of it into the beer can and baste the chicken with the other half. (I bascially had to triple the butter/seasoning for the BBQ). Invest in the holder that you can purchase at Wal-Mart or Bed, Bath, & Beyond, you'll be glad you did!  -  05 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent. I've done this a bunch of times before reading this recipie. We call them Beer Butt Chickens where i come from. One tip though - before putting the chicken over the can, make sure there's about 2 mouthfuls gone from the can. Some times the beer can splash up and it can get a bit messy. The type of beer also makes a difference - you can play around with differnt kinds.  -  31 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)