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    John and Erin's Beer Butt Chicken / Beer Can

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    2 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    2 hrs

    Miss Erin's Note:

    This was our first attempt at beer butt chicken and it was awesome! You can change the flavor a bit by changing the beer you use.

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    Basting Spray

    • 1 (12 ounce) can beer
    • 2 cups orange juice
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


    1. 1
      Mix dry ingredients together and rub chicken inside and out.
    2. 2
      Open can of beer, pour half into a spray bottle and add orange juice, olive oil and vinegar to spray bottle.
    3. 3
      Insert the can into the cavity of the chicken.
    4. 4
      With the chicken resting on the can, cook for about 2 hours over medium-hot grill with grill cover on spray chicken with the basting spray while cooking.
    5. 5
      When done, carefully lift the chicken off the grill and remove the can-- be careful, liquid is HOT!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 28, 2010


      Great Bird!

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    • on December 31, 2009


      This bird was sooo Juicy! this was also my first Beer Can Chicken. I did not use the Chinese 5 Spice powder because when i went to buy it , there were several ingredients that i dont care for, and i didnt want to risk the chicken. Otherwise, I followed the recipe 100% I purchsed one of those Holder/Stands specifally made for beer can chicken. It worked awesome. I love how the basting spray crisps the skin (my favorite part), however the BF doesnt care for the skin so I think next time the only thing i might do different is use my meat injector and inject some of the liquid Basting Spray into the breast of the chicken for some flavor. This Is an AWESOME RECIPE.

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    • on March 07, 2009


      Such a good recipe. The chicken was very flavourful and moist. I added a little Louisiana Hot Sauce to the spray for a little extra zing. I can't wait to make this recipe again. Thanks for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for John and Erin's Beer Butt Chicken / Beer Can

    Serving Size: 1 (692 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 2319.5
    Calories from Fat 1363
    Total Fat 151.4 g
    Saturated Fat 41.1 g
    Cholesterol 680.3 mg
    Sodium 4142.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 45.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
    Sugars 30.3 g
    Protein 172.4 g

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