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Beer Can Chicken Recipe

Beer Can Chicken is something that you may have seen someone grilling in the park, or perhaps a neighbor has talked about trying it. It might seem like an interesting concept but you're just not quite sure how it works or how long it takes for a whole chicken to cook with a can of beer stuck into its cavity.

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beer Can Chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 395kcal


  • A Grill
  • Large cutting board
  • Small bowl
  • A carving knife
  • Heat-resistant oven gloves
  • Metal spatula
  • Tongs
  • Meat thermometer
  • Aluminum foil


  • 1 Whole chicken, a 4 lb fryer

  • 1 ½


    Cajun seasoning salt

  • 16oz

    Can of beer, room temperature (any brand)

  • 1oz

    Zataran's crab boil


  • For the grill, fold a 12 inch-long piece of aluminum foil in half, put it on the grill.

  • Fold the edges under the grill grate to keep it in place.

  • Preheat your grill. Prepare the chicken.

  • After removing any extra fat or hanging pieces of skin from the bird and removing the giblets and neck, pat the chicken dry with paper towels.

  • Carefully loosen the skin on top of each breast.

  • Generously add Cajun seasoning under the loosened skin, then on the inside and outer skin of the chicken.

  • Pour out about one-third of the beer, (it won't be used) and add the liquid crab boil to the can.

  • Carefully loosen the skin from the meat at the neck and pour some of the beer and seasoning mixture into the pockets you have made. 

  • Grill the chicken.

  • Set the can on the grill where it will receive indirect heat and over the foil.

  • Next, lower the chicken over the beer can.

  • Close the lid and cook for 45-60 minutes.

  • Using your thermometer, check for a temperature of 175F in the thigh.

  • When it has reached this temperature, remove the chicken using the metal spatula under the can and the tongs.

  • Set it on the cutting board and remove the can.

  • Cover the bird with an aluminum foil tent.

  • Let it rest 10 minutes before carving.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 395kcal