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Beer Can Chicken


  • 1 - 4 pound whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dry rub
  • 1 can of beer, half full

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

1 hour 15 minutes



If you've got a beer, this is the easiest way to prepare an impressive looking and tasting bird on the grill.

Why Try? Beer Can Chicken is great for entertaining, so invite some friends to share!

Foodie Byte: Beer can chicken can be made with a “beer can stand,” which is a wire base to hold the chicken on top of the beer, or you can make it without the stand. We tried both and the only difference we noticed was that the chicken on the stand had a more upright look while it was grilling; they both cooked evenly and were easy to handle.

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  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat (about 400°F).
  2. Remove neck and gizzards from chicken and rinse well, patting with paper towels to dry. Rub oil on outside and inside of bird.
  3. Season chicken liberally inside and out with salt, pepper, and dry rub.
  4. Set chicken upright over the beer so that the open beer is inside the chicken but is resting on the can. Set onto preheated grill with the can and two legs supporting the chicken. Grill over indirect heat for 1 1/4 hours or until breast meat is 165°F and thigh is 180°F and juices run clear. Let rest 10 minutes and serve.

Nutritional Information

Calories 703, Carbohydrates 0.96g, Cholesterol 227mg, Fat 50g, Fat Calories 450, Fiber 0.1g, Protein 56g, Saturated Fat 13g, Sodium 559mg. Daily Values: Calcium 34.96mg 4%, Phos 445.13mg 45%, Copper 0.15mg 8%, Zinc 3.97mg 26%, Panto 2.76mg 28%, Magnesium 61.13mg 15%, Iron 2.76mg 15%, Vitamin B6 53%, Vitamin C 8%, Vitamin B12 16%, Vitamin D 8%, Vit E-a-Toco 4%, Vitamin A 9%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.