Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken is a simple, easy, fun and fall-off-the-bone grilling recipe that delivers tender, juicy, flavorful chicken every single time.

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Ready for a relaxing, fun, summertime afternoon with a simple recipe that is huge on flavor? Me too!

Every summer, the one grilling recipe I always look forward to making is Beer Can Chicken. What I love about this recipe is, it is not only really easy to make, but it always results in tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone chicken that is so flavorful, it will make your mouth water.

The spice combination mixed with rich butter and flavorful, light beer produces a cooked bird that is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Just the way we like it!

Beer Can Chicken - recipe from

The other nice thing about this recipe is, it’s a set-it-and-forget-it type of recipe. Just fire up the BBQ and let it cook for 1.5 hours and dinner is done. Served with a simple coleslaw or potato salad, it’s the perfect backyard barbeque recipe that the entire family will love.

Beer Can Chicken - recipe from

I’ve made this recipe many times, and whether you place the chicken on top of the beer can and then directly on the grill, or whether you have a beer can chicken holder (as I do in the photo) – let me just share that it is much easier to remove the chicken from the grill when it has a holder supporting it. 🙂

If you don’t have one of these handy little gadgets, you can get them relatively inexpensively at Fred Meyer, Target or Walmart. They’re a great investment and make your grilling life easier!


Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Beer Can Chicken


  • 1/2 can beer, set aside
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (5-pound) whole chicken, neck/giblets removed/discarded


  1. Preheat grill to low heat (350-400 degrees F).
  2. Spray outside of beer can and holder with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Pour out 1/2 of can of beer and set aside for another use.
  4. Melt the butter, garlic, paprika, rosemary and black pepper together. Stir thoroughly so spices are mixed throughout, then pour 1/2 of the melted butter mixture into the beer can and set aside.
  5. Rinse and pat dry chicken. Place the chicken over beer can and holder. Baste with remaining 1/2 melted butter mixture. Place chicken/holder on grill grate, close lid and let cook for 1 hour. After 1 hour, check chicken for doneness. Cover grill and cook the remaining 30 minutes or until done throughout.
  • I used Bud Light for this recipe.

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Kristi Kaiser-Minietta

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One Response to “Beer Can Chicken”

  1. postedJul 5, 2017 6:35 AM

    I’ve cooked chicken this way, but it’s been a while.

    Thanks for the reminder to do again !

    Recipe an added bonus !

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