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Beer Can Chicken

Course: BBQ, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer can chicken, roast chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 488kcal
Author: Laureen King
Beer Can Chicken is one of those summer time recipes that will become one of your BBQ favourites!
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  • 3-4 lb chicken whole
  • 1 can 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


  • Preheat barbeque.
  • Coat chicken with olive oil.
  • Mix together all the spices
  • Rub 1/2 of spice mixture all over chicken, inside as well.
  • Drink about 1/2 of the can of beer, then put other 1/2 of spice mix into beer can.
  • Put chopped onion into beer can.
  • Put beer into chicken rack then push chicken butt 1/2 way down beer can. (see pic below)
  • Place chicken rack on old cookie sheet covered with foil.
  • Roast on barbeque, medium heat, until chicken reaches internal temperature of 185 degrees; about 1 hour depending on the size of chicken.


you can even use cola or root beer instead of beer!


Serving: 6g | Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 547mg | Potassium: 463mg | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2.2mg