Beer Can Chicken Recipe

Beer can chicken may look a bit weird at first, but just trust me on this. Cooking chicken with a can of beer sticking out of it is a great way to get a super juicy, moist roasted chicken. It’s way easier to make than your mom’s roasted chicken, and whether you’ll like to admit it or not, there’s a good chance it even tastes better, too.

For this recipe, you’ll need an oven, or a grill with a lid that’s big enough to cover a whole chicken standing upright. The only other things you need are some spices, a can of beer, and a small chicken.

Get those together and you’ll be all set.

How to Make Beer Can Chicken

Having a grill for this recipe is a plus, but it’s not essential. You may not get the whole beer can chicken experience if you’re not sitting around the grill downing a few cold ones, but if that’s not a necessity for you, then an oven will do just fine.
  • 1 3 pound chicken
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground plack pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 small onions sliced
  • 1 can of FRIO beer
TIME: About 1 hour 30 minutes
Step 1 - If cooking in an oven, preheat it to 350 F. If using a grill, preheat it to medium-high heat.
Step 2 - Pour all the spices in a bowl to create the chicken rub. Mix everything together so that the spices are evenly combined.
Step 3 - Coat the chicken in a few tablespoons of vegetable oil so that the chicken rub will have an easier time sticking to it. Then, evenly cover the chicken in the rub.
Step 4 - If using an oven, pour out about ¼ of the beer into a baking dish. If using a grill, skip this step.
Step 5 - Place the chicken vertically, legs down, on top of the can of beer so that half of the can is still sticking out. Then, place the onions inside the top opening of the chicken. It’s okay if the pieces fall into the open beer can.
Step 6 - Put the chicken in the oven or on the grill and let it cook for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Make sure you check the chicken’s temperature occasionally. It may look strange to cook your chicken standing upright, but you’ll get used to it.
Once the internal temperature of the chicken is 170 F, cut into the breast and check if the meat is pink inside. If not, you’re ready to serve it up.
Make it with asparagus and fingerling potatoes for a complete meal!
Beer can chicken is definitely a sight to get used to, but the taste makes it all worth it. Every chicken lover -- even picky eaters -- will love beer can chicken. It’s moist, savory, and the chicken rub gives it just the right flavor.
Whether you make beer can chicken for a big get-together, or for family, it’s a super simple, flavorful meal that’s sure to make its way into the family recipe book.
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