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Beer Can Chicken How-To

Created January 10, 2017
Grilling beer can chicken is the latest trend among barbecue fans. Follow our tips and simple recipes to make this succulent grilled chicken. MORE+ LESS-
Beer Can Chicken

If you like simple whole chicken recipes but are tired of the same old same old, try beer can chicken. It’s sure to be a conversation starter! The chicken gets steamed from the inside, keeping it moist and juicy, but the skin stays crispy. Our Grilled Herb Chicken on a Can recipe contains step photos that will help you have success the very first time.

Preparing Beer Can Chicken

  • Rinse the chicken inside and out under cold running water. 
  • Chicken giblets can be discarded or saved to make a tasty gravy, stock, soup or pâté.
  • Fold the wings across the back of the chicken with the tips touching, and sprinkle seasoning both inside the cavity and over the outside of the chicken.
  • Hold the chicken upright and insert a half-full beer can into the cavity.
  • Refrigerate the chicken while you preheat the grill.

Grilling Beer Can Chicken

  1. For charcoal grills, heat coals for indirect heat. For gas grills, leave one burner off and place chicken over the unlit side.
  2. If your grill doesn’t have a cover, cover the chicken with a large stock pot.
  3. Use a meat thermometer and grill chicken until it reaches 180°F to assure doneness. Or, you can pierce the thigh and check that juice is no longer pink.
  4. Let the meat stand for 15 minutes for easier carving.
  5. Remove the beer can before carving and dispose of any leftover liquid.