Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Beer Can Chicken

It is time to get into barbeque mode.  Most call this recipe beer can chicken, but if you are from Saskatchewan you would refer to it as Beer Butt Chicken. This chicken is so simple to prepare and is sure to become one of your favourite barbeque recipes. Now to pay homage to my hometown of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, I have made this recipe with Pilsner beer. I bought the rack specifically designed for barbequing chicken this way at a camping store, but I have seen them at home stores.

Beer Can Chicken
by Laureen King from ArtandtheKitchen
Prep Time 10 mins   Roast Time: 50-60 mins.    Serves 4-6
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 can of your favourite beer
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  1. Preheat barbeque.
  2. Coat chicken with olive oil.
  3. Mix together all the spices
  4. Rub 1/2 of spice mixture all over chicken, inside as well.
  5. Drink about 1/2 of the can of beer, then put other 1/2 of spice mix into beer can.
  6. Put chopped onion into beer can.
  7. Put beer into chicken rack then push chicken butt 1/2 way down beer can. (see pic below)
  8. Place chicken rack on old cookie sheet covered with foil.
  9. Roast on barbeque, medium heat, until chicken reaches internal temperature of 185 degrees; about 1 hour depending on the size of chicken.
Spice mix
Coat chicken with olive oil, then sprinkle with spice mix.

Put beer onto chicken rack which is placed on old
foil covered cookie sheet. Push chicken onto beer can
Roast medium heat until 185 degrees, about 1 hour
Drink 1/2 the beer out of can.
Put remaining 1/2 of spice mix
into beer and chopped onion.


  1. Love doing beer can chickens, although it has been awhile. Yours looks amazing.

    A tip, take it for what its worth, but try seperating the skin from the breast (carefully, you don't want to tear it) and then adding some of your spice under the skin directly onto the breast. Gives it just a little extra flavor.

    1. I will have to try that, beer can chicken certainly is a guaranteed recipe for great tasting chicken.

  2. I've never tried to make chicken this way before. Looks delicious!!

  3. Be sure to try it, you will not believe the flavor and tenderness

  4. Does the beer flavour the chicken? Via evaporation I guess? But I think it would be subtle as the beer actually never touched the chicken.

  5. The beer taste is very subtle, the flavours that come through are from the various spices used and the onion.The beer is the key to making incredibly moist chicken.

  6. Replies
    1. Cassie, I have never done it in the oven, but I don't think if would work well as the dripping would probably smoke up and it just doesn't cook the same as a barbeque.

    2. i've done it in the very well

    3. Just wondering for those that have tried this in the oven, does it make a mess ??

  7. Yum, I love beer can chicken!!!

  8. It does work in the oven very nicely. I've done it this way many, many times. Just remember to put the beer can or the chicken holder in a pan to catch the drippings. I have used a cast iron skillet to hold the bird; just turn the bird periodically to brown all sides.

    1. thanks for answering that question queenbe123, much appreciated :)