Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken


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Using a beer can when barbecuing a bird results in a subtle and delicious flavour in the succulent meat. All you need is a can of beer, a chicken, a barbecue and some seasonings!

Barrie Tapp

Serves: 8 

  • 280g butter
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 can beer
  • 1 whole chicken

Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:3hours  ›  Ready in:3hours30min 

  1. Preheat barbecue for low heat.
  2. In a small frying pan, melt 1/2 the butter. Mix in 1 tablespoon garlic salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Discard 1/2 the beer, leaving the remainder in the can. Add remaining butter, garlic salt, paprika and desired amount of salt and pepper to beer can. Place can on a disposable baking tray. Set chicken on beer can, inserting can into the cavity of the chicken. Baste chicken with the melted, seasoned butter.
  4. Place baking tray with beer and chicken on the prepared barbecue. Cook over low heat for about 3 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 80 degrees C.

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Reviews (6)


Something else. Surely you should not discard that half beer. This should say drink it while the chicken cooks. - 28 Oct 2008


I make this on a regular basis - with a couple of differences. 1. I use a dry spice rub on the chicken and not in the beer. 2. I have a rack that holds the can and the chicken (see photo) 3. Sometimes I just use fruit juice in the can. Pineapple works well. Why waste a perfectly good beer ? This can also be done in the oven. - 21 Jul 2012


Something else. Didn't discard the beer-drank it! And it only took us two hours to cook but maybe our chicken was smaller - 08 Oct 2008

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