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Barbecue roasted chicken inserted into a can of beer on a can roaster rack.

Beer Can Chicken

Course: BBQ, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue chicken, beer can chicken, roast chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 57kcal
Author: Laureen King
Beer Can Chicken makes incredibly flavorful, juicy, and moist chicken on the barbecue.
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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
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp sage
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • Preheat barbeque.
  • Coat chicken with olive oil.
  • Mix together all the spices
  • Rub ½ of spice mixture all over chicken, inside as well.
  • Drink about ½ of the can of beer, then put other ½ of spice mix into beer can.
  • Put chopped onion into beer can.
  • Place beer can into roasting rack, then push chicken butt ½ way down beer can.
  • Place chicken rack on old cookie sheet covered with foil.
  • Roast on barbeque, medium heat, until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165ºF. About 1 hour depending on the size of chicken.


If you prefer you can use soda instead of beer. Root beer tastes great.


Serving: 6g | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg