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The Best Beer Can Chicken Ever

Rated as 4.25 out of 5 Stars

"Spicy skin and tender roast chicken!"
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1 h 10 m servings 532
Original recipe yields 6 servings (1 whole grilled chicken)


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  1. Preheat grill for medium heat. If using charcoal, push coals to the side of the grilling area for indirect heat.
  2. Pour stout beer into an empty 12-ounce soda can and drop Thai chilies and garlic cloves into the can. Mix brown sugar, dry mustard, garam masala, kosher salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin, cinnamon, onion powder, garlic powder, and nutmeg in a bowl.
  3. Rinse the chicken and coat the skin with the entire batch of spice rub. Place soda can containing beer mixture onto the prepared grill and sit the chicken upright onto the can.
  4. Grill chicken over indirect heat until juices run clear and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast, not touching bone, reads at least 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), about 45 minutes. Let chicken rest 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 532 calories; 29.1 10 51.9 162 480 Full nutrition

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This method is a bit off though the seasonings are very interestng and flavorful.I admit to throwing on some rosemary for added flavor and I plugged the neck cavity with a potato so the steam di...

I use a Webber poultry roaster for beer can chicken. Combine the drippings and about half of the remaining stout mixture to make a delicious gravy. Save the bones and trimmings 3 of these ma...

Great recipe. I put a mixture of seasonings on and I put some cayenne pepper in the beer. I used more seasonings than the recipe called for. It was tender and the cook time for this recipe is on...