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The Best Beer Can Chicken Recipe for Grilling

  • Author: Nicole Nared-Washington from Brown Sugar Food Blog
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


This is the Best Beer Can Chicken recipe for grilling! This chicken is packed full of flavor and the steam from the beer helps to keep the chicken moist.


  • 3 lb. Whole Chicken
  • 12 oz. Can of Beer
  • 1 tbsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. Seasoned salt
  • 1 tbsp. Ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. Dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp. Butter, softened.
  • 1 large head of garlic
  • 1 tsp. Olive oil
  • 2 roasting aluminum foil pans
  • Budweiser BBQ Sauce


  1. Prepare your grill according to manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure there is enough room in your grill to have your chicken sitting upright while you are able to completely close the grill before getting started.
  2. NOTE: If I were to sit the chicken on top of the grill rack inside of my grill it wouldn’t fit. So, I removed the grill rack and placed a roasting aluminum pan on top of the coals and made sure the coals were even and would support the weight and the pans before I lit the grill. Worked out perfectly.
  3. While your grill is getting ready, remove the insides of the chicken (if any), pat the chicken dry, and rub with the butter. Combine all the seasonings and spices together for the rub (salt, seasoned salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and dried thyme). Rub the chicken with the rub and sprinkle some on the inside cavity.
  4. Cut the head of garlic to where the cloves are exposed. Not completely half way. Rub the garlic with the teaspoon of olive oil. Stuff the garlic inside the chicken. Allow the chicken to sit, at least, 30 minutes. You can allow the chicken to sit overnight just wrap in plastic wrap.
  5. Open the beer and set the chicken on top of the opening (you may have to pour a little out if it’s too full). Sit the chicken down until sturdy. Now that the grill is ready, place one aluminum roasting pan directly on top of the coals. Place the chicken inside the other aluminum foil pan sitting up. Stack both aluminum pan carefully inside the middle of the grill (please use fire safe gloves if you have them), once the pans and chicken is secured, close the grill living the top vent open, and allow to roast for 1 ½ hours. The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 Degrees. Once finished, allow your chicken to rest for, at least, 10 minutes before serving. Brush with Budweiser BBQ Sauce if desired.
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Category: Entree