Fall-Off-The-Bone Beer Can Chicken


This is a very delicious moist crispy fall-off-the-bone chicken you could ever prepare.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • ½ (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer

  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken, giblets discarded, or more to taste

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons onion powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Spoon garlic powder into beer in the can. Prop the chicken, butt-side down, onto the beer can so the can goes into the cavity. Place the chicken, with the can as a stand, into a large oven-proof skillet.

  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; add garlic and cook until butter starts bubbling, about 2 minutes. Remove garlic and discard.

  4. Inject chicken with the garlic-infused butter using a baster or injector until all areas are injected.

  5. Mix brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Coat chicken with brown sugar mixture.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the beer. The actual amount of the beer consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

448 Calories
29g Fat
10g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 448
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 478mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 358mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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