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    1 hr 35 mins

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    • 1 (4 lb) whole chickens
    • 1 (16 ounce) can beer (tall boy)
    • 2 tablespoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • 3 tablespoons dry rub seasonings (your favorite)
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


    1. 1
      Set up your grill for indirect cooking.
    2. 2
      On a charcoal grill, this means spreading the coals around the outer edges, but not directly below the food.
    3. 3
      On a gas grill the outer burners are lit, but not the middle one.
    4. 4
      Once the grill is covered (which it should always be for indirect grilling) the circulating heat works like a convection oven, so there is no need to turn the food.
    5. 5
      Remove neck and giblets.
    6. 6
    7. 7
      Rinse chicken inside and out; pat dry with paper towels.
    8. 8
      Rub chicken lightly with oil, then rub inside and out with salt, pepper and dry rub.
    9. 9
      Set aside.
    10. 10
      Open beer can and take several gulps (make them big gulps so that the can is half full).
    11. 11
      Place beer can on a solid surface.
    12. 12
      Grabbing a chicken leg in each hand, plunk the bird cavity over the beer can.
    13. 13
      Transfer the bird-on-a-can to your grill and place in the center of the grate, balancing the bird on its two legs and the can like a tripod.
    14. 14
      Cook chicken over high indirect heat, with the grill cover on for approximately 1 1/4 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165°F in the breast area and 180°F in the thigh, or until the thigh juice runs clear when stabbed with a sharp knife.
    15. 15
      Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 04, 2002


      5 stars just for the unique factor involved! I used my own barbecue rub for this. I put about 2 tsps. of the rub inside the beer can, too. Chicken was moist and beautiful to behold! Important to note here that a full-flavored beer works better than some of the lighter brands.

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    • on July 07, 2002


      With whole chickens on sale at 49 cents a pound, I had to try this beer can recipe. Exceptional flavor, tender and juicy! I used McCormick Grill Mates for chicken for the rub and also added about a teaspoon full to the beer. Had to make a few adjustments to the charcoal grill so the chicken had room to "stand up" with the cover on. A 4 1/2 lb. chicken took about 90 minutes. I'll be making this again for sure.

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    • on June 27, 2001


      This is a great way to cook cornish game hens as well! I cook them in the oven at 375 for about an hour. I also put vegetables and spices in the beer such as garlic powder and onions.

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    Nutritional Facts for Beer Can Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (428 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 745.5
    Calories from Fat 479
    Total Fat 53.2 g
    Saturated Fat 14.1 g
    Cholesterol 213.8 mg
    Sodium 3692.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 50.8 g

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    dry rub seasonings

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