Rating: 4.5 stars 4.5
233 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 158
  • 4 star values: 49
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4

This beer can chicken recipe produces deliciously moist chicken. It's perfect for a BBQ on a hot summer day. The other half of the can of beer is for the cook to enjoy while preparing dinner!

Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 15 mins
1 hr 30 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, about 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Mix brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, dry mustard, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. Place half-full can of beer in the center of a plate.

  • Rinse chicken under cold running water. Discard giblets and neck from chicken; drain and pat dry. Fit whole chicken over the can of beer with the legs on the bottom; keep upright. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of seasoning mix into the top cavity of chicken. Beer may foam up when seasonings fall inside the can. Rub remaining seasoning mix over entire surface of chicken.

  • Place chicken, standing on the can, directly on the preheated grill. Close the lid and cook chicken until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 1 hour 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove chicken from the grill and discard beer can. Cover chicken with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes before slicing.


For extra stability, an inexpensive beer can stand can be purchased at most kitchen stores.

Editor's Note

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the beer and spice rub ingredients. The actual amount of these ingredients consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

546 calories; protein 47.5g; carbohydrates 24g; fat 27.3g; cholesterol 145.4mg; sodium 478.6mg. Full Nutrition