BBQ Beer Can Chicken

    2 hours 15 minutes

    A whole chook, cooked on the barbie with a half a tinnie of beer, to keep it moist. Seasoned with chicken seasoning, bay leaves and liquid smoke.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 (1- 1/2kg) whole chicken
    • 1 (375 ml) can beer
    • 5 tablespoons chicken seasoning
    • 4 dashes liquid smoke flavouring
    • 4 bay leaves
    • 1 long metal skewer

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Ready in:2hours15min 

    1. Rinse and dry the chicken. Remove excess fat and leave skin on. Lift skin from breast and thigh areas, slide bay leaves under skin. Coat chicken with chicken seasoning.
    2. Drink half the can of beer, pour liquid smoke into remaining beer. Raise tab on beer can until it is in the straight up position.
    3. Insert beer can into chicken from the bottom until even with bottom of chicken. Insert skewer through the wing, ribs, tab on beer can and out the opposite side (this keeps the can from falling out the chicken).
    4. Prepare grill: light the coals and when they are ready, spread coals to form a ring around the outside edge of the grill.
    5. Place chicken in centre standing up on can to cook. Cover and cook for two hours.
    6. Remove carefully from grill so as not to spill the contents of the can. Remove skewer and beer can, let chicken sit for fifteen minutes before cutting.

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    I recommend mixing the seasonings with some olive oil to ensure a crispy tasty skin with a nice color (SEE MY PHOTO). I used seasoning salt (about 2 tsp) instead of poultry seasoning.  -  12 Aug 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I am so happy that I was able to erase what I just wrote. By mistake I thought this recipe was another similar one who did not say to spread the coals out. Very important to not grill under direct heat. Could cause fire... like in the other recipe. Thank you for saying indirect heat.  -  10 Jun 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    this is excellent! did it in my oven for about 25 min per pound at 350.....yum yum juicy  -  28 Jul 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)