Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

I love to make this chicken and then I use the leftover cooked chicken for another meal. It is so moist and juicy!!! I do use Paula Deen's House Seasoning, which I will include a 1/4 of the recipe of it in the directions section.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Remove any bags of organs/neck/giblets.
  2. Rinse the chicken, and then pat it dry with paper towels.
  3. Sprinkle inside the cavity as well as outside with seasoned salt and house seasoning to taste.
  4. Drink/pour 1/3-1/2 of a can of beer, then add at least 1 tablespoon(or as much as you like) of minced garlic and 2 tablespoons lemon juice to the can. This is the time to add any herbs/seasonings your family likes, such as, oregano, thyme, rosemary etc.
  5. I then add this can to my beer-can chicken gadget, that I got at Walmart for less than 3 dollars, but you don't have to use one.
  6. Preheat grill to medium-high heat on one side.
  7. Place chicken over the top of beer can so that it goes into the cavity. I place mine in a shallow foil pan, so that I catch the juices, which then could be used to make gravy or stock. Now place chicken on the grill over an area that is not over direct heat, cover and cook for one hour and thirty minutes or more, as the size of the chicken will determine when it will be cooked through,until there are no red juices, it is done.
  8. House Seasoning: 1/3 cup salt, 1/8 cup pepper and 1/8 cup garlic powder. I use this mixture on almost all meats, just love it!


Most Helpful

This is a great recipe. I used it as a starting point. I mixed some olive oil, minced garlic, seasoning salt, thyme and rosemary to marinate the chicken, then added additional spices in the beer can as directed. I cooked mine in the oven for about 2 hours in a 350 oven (5 lb. chicken) and it was moist and delicious. Quick and easy (prep time) too. I was worried that the chicken would not stand upright on the beer can, but it did so effortlessly without any gadgets or anything. Thanks for posting. Will make again.

zaar junkie March 16, 2009

O.M.G. First time making beer-can chicken and holy cow, why didn't I do this earlier? This chicken recipe is absolutely amazing! I added rosemary (a lot of it) in the beer can in addition to minced garlic and lemon juice. For the seasonings, I mixed 2 tbsps salt, 2 tbsps paprika, 2 tbsps garlic powder, 1 tbsp cayenne, 1 tbsp black pepper and 1 tbsp poultry seasoning. I didn't control the temperature of my grill very well. It climbed up to 500 degrees when I went swimming. After I came back 45 minutes later, the internal temperature of my 4-pound chicken was already 160 degrees. And it turned out FANTASTIC! Thanks for posting the recipe! Big fan!

SharonChen July 14, 2015

This chicken was so moist and tasty. The only change I made was to wedge a potato in the top of the neck so all the steam didn't escape.

Ceezie February 23, 2009

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