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Beer Can Chicken Texas Style!!!!

Rated as 4.4 out of 5 Stars

"A great way to cook whole fryer chickens. I added my mopping sauce to keep the birds from drying out."
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8 h 30 m servings 393
Original recipe yields 6 servings (1 whole chicken)


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  1. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Squeeze lemon and lime quarters over the chicken. Mix garlic salt and allspice with salt and black pepper to taste in a bowl and rub the spices over the chicken skin; place squeezed lemon and lime quarters inside the chicken cavity. Place 3 tablespoons minced garlic into cavity. Wrap chicken in plastic wrap and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours.
  2. Preheat grill for medium-low heat; a grill thermometer should read 275 degrees F (135 degrees C) with the lid closed.
  3. Place remaining 3 tablespoons garlic into the partially full can of beer and sit chicken upright on the beer can, taking care not to lose any lemon and lime quarters and garlic.
  4. Pour water, 1 12-ounce can of beer, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce into a saucepan over medium heat; stir in red onion, red bell pepper, 3 tablespoons minced garlic, salt, and black pepper. Bring the mopping sauce to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Set sauce aside.
  5. Place chicken upright with beer can onto the preheated grill and cook until the skin is browned and the meat is no longer pink inside, about 2 hours. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a breast should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Use a brush to spread mopping sauce on the chicken every 30 minutes as it cooks. Discard leftover sauce.


  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the mopping sauce ingredients. The actual amount of the sauce consumed will vary.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 393 calories; 17.4 21.2 33 97 1588 Full nutrition

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This was a great recipe! The chicken was excellent. I cooked it without the mopping sauce but I will definitely try it with the mopping sauce next time

Make two of these for Thanksgiving--- excellent results! Very moist, nice light citrus/garlicky taste- very moist. Sort of a crazy recipe stuffing all those limes and lemons into the chicken- bu...

Beer can chicken is awesome and I make it all the time. Today I found we were out of propane on the grill so I decided to use my infrared (NuWave) oven to prepare it. I also wanted to jazz up my...

Meat was very moist, but not very flavorful for the amount of work involved in mopping sauce. Would not make this again. Too much work for a regular tasting chicken.

I used Texas rub and Yuengling ale turned out very good.