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Beer Can Barbecue Chicken Recipe

grilled beer can chicken recipe

Grilled Beer Can Chicken Recipe

This beer can barbecue chicken recipe is for a full of flavor, fall off the bone, crazy good grilled bbq beer can chicken. Try it and tell us what you think at the bottom of this page.
Beer Can Grilled Chicken Rub

  • 5 tablespoons of your favorite chicken seasoning (McCormick, etc.)


  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder


  • 1 tablespoon onion powder


  • 1 tablespoon black pepper


  • 1 tablespoon paprika


  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne


  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Other Ingredients

  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken


  • 1 (16 fluid ounce) can of beer


  • 1/2 cup melted butter, divided


  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder


  • 1 tablespoon onion powder


  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne


  • Beer Can Barbecue Chicken Recipe Directions

    In a small bowl mix together the beer can chicken rub ingredients.

    Rinse chicken inside and out. Pat dry and tie the legs with butcher's twine, and tuck the wings behind the chicken's back to prevent them from overcooking.

    Loosen the skin and rub 1/2 of the beer can chicken rub under the skin, including the legs. Rub remaining mixture outside the chicken. Place in the fridge overnight.

    Preheat an outdoor grill for low heat.

    Drink or discard 1/2 the beer leaving the remainder in the can. Add to the can the melted butter, tablespoon of garlic powder, tablespoon of onion powder, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Swirl around to mix.

    Spray the outside of the can with cooking spray (this step is important for removal of the can later). Place can upright onto a grill safe baking dish (metal pan, stiff roasting pan, etc.) Set chicken on can, inserting can into the cavity of the chicken.

    Beer can barbecue chicken should be grilled over low heat, covered, for about 3 hours or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 170 degrees F (70 degrees C) when a meat thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (not touching the bone).

    Grilling Tip:
    The secret to the awesome taste of this beer can barbecue chicken recipe is the liquid in a can. So beer, wine, ginger ale, apple juice, anything will work with this recipe. So adjust it according to your favorite flavors.

    You might also enjoy our grilled whole chicken recipe with apple juice.

    Oven Beer Can Chicken Recipe

    If you can't grill your beer can chicken on account of weather, then bake it. Use a 13 x 9 baking dish and bake beer can chicken for 1 1/2 hours at
    350 degrees F.



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