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Beer Can Chicken

20 mins


What you are creating

Fire up that grill! Beer can chicken adds flavor through out the chicken and is great anytime of the year.


Preheat a gas grill to medium or prepare a charcoal grill. 

  • To prepare rub: To a small bowl, add salt, brown sugar, paprika, and pepper, and whisk to fully incorporate.

  • To prepare chicken: Rotate and tuck the chicken’s wingtips back. Using a silicone brush, coat chicken with a thin layer of oil and coat with 2 tablespoons barbecue rub, ensuring skin and cavity are fully covered.

  • Open can of beer, and pour out half, leaving remaining half in can. You will need to make the opening of the can larger or piece the top several times to allow more steam to escape during cooking. Add 2 tablespoons barbecue rub to beer in can and place all fresh herbs in can as well. To a roasting pan place can in center, and place chicken upright on top of can, so it sits upright in chicken’s cavity.

  • To cook chicken: Place chicken on grill grates, and cover. Cook chicken, until skin is well browned, about 30 to 35 minutes. Use pan drippings to baste chicken every so often.

  • Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh reads 165°F degrees, about 1 and 1/2 hours total. If skin begins to brown before chicken is thoroughly cooked, tent loosely with aluminum foil. 

  • When done remove chicken from grill or oven and allow to rest covered loosely with aluminum foil, 15 to 20 minutes. Carefully remove chicken from can and place it on a cutting board. Cut chicken up as you'd like and serve .

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt 

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 

  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika 

  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 

  • 1 (3 to 4 pound) whole chicken, patted dry 

  • 1 can (12 or 16 ounces) good quality beer

  • Fresh herbs of your choice for placing in the beer can

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A note about ingredients used in our recipes:

When creating our recipes we use the following unless otherwise noted in the recipe:

  • Eggs = Large Eggs

  • All Purpose Flour = Unbleached All Purpose King Arthur Flour or Unbleached All Purpose King Arthur Flour Organic

  • Bread Flour = Unbleached King Arthur Bread Flour or Unbleached King Arthur Bread Flour Organic

  • Whole Wheat Flour = 100% Whole Grain King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour

  • Pastry Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White Fine Pastry Flour 

  • Almond Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour 

  • Tapioca Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour (Tapioca Starch)

  • Sour Cream = Full Fat Sour Cream

  • Yogurt = Full Fat Yogurt

  • Milk = As indicated or if Milk is just listed you may use 1%, 2% or Whole Milk

  • Butter = Unsalted Sweet Cream butter unless otherwise noted

  • Oil = Either Olive oil or Vegetable oil unless otherwise noted


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