Cola-can Chicken

Recipe by Susie in Texas
READY IN: 1hr 20mins




  • Using plain cool water, thoroughly wash chicken and dry.
  • Combine all ingredients for Barbeque Rub in a small bowl.
  • Rub oil over skin of chicken.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of Barbeque Rub inside the chicken body and neck cavity.
  • Rub 2 tablespoons of Barbeque Rub all over the chicken.
  • Try to get some rub under the skin where it is loose.
  • Pour out 3/4 cup of the cola and either drink it or discard it.
  • Pour remaining 1/2 tablespoon of rub into the cola can.
  • It may cause the cola to fizz, somewhat.
  • Holding chicken upright, place it onto the cola can, making sure the can fits deeply into the body cavity.
  • Pull the legs forward to form a tripod; this will allow the chicken to stand upright during cooking.
  • Refrigerate chicken and allow to marinate while you get your grill ready.
  • For charcoal grills: pile your hot coals around the perimeter of the grill leaving the middle open.
  • Place a drip pan in the middle of the grill.
  • For gas grills: use only one burner or side.
  • Place a drip pan on the unlit side.
  • Place chicken directly onto the drip pan and position it to stand upright.
  • Grill with lid closed for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes or longer until meat thermometer register 180 degrees.
  • NOTE: I used a 4lb chicken and it took 1 1/2 hours.
  • Remove chicken from grill and let stand about 5 minutes.
  • Carefully remove cola can from cavity.
  • It will feel like it is stuck, but do not turn chicken on it's side as the hot cola will spill out.
  • I held the chicken on both sides and pulled it up while dh was holding onto the cola can.
  • This worked pretty well.