John and Erin's Beer Butt Chicken / Beer Can

"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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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins




  • Mix dry ingredients together and rub chicken inside and out.
  • Open can of beer, pour half into a spray bottle and add orange juice, olive oil and vinegar to spray bottle.
  • Insert the can into the cavity of the chicken.
  • 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.
  • When done, carefully lift the chicken off the grill and remove the can-- be careful, liquid is HOT!

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  1. Great Bird!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Well I tried this recipe this weekend. I put the chicken in the oven and OMG what a delicious chicken it was. I was wondering how I can adopt this for turkey. This is a fantastic recipe. I used Chinese spices from a soup mix that I had because I did not have the Chinese 5 Spice Powder and it was still fantastice. Just the perfect balnce of sweet, salt and sour. The meat was so moist and tender. LLOVED IT RAVENHAVEN
  5. This is very good. I did change it from "beer butt" to "orange soda butt" but other then that followed the recipe. We really liked the rub and then the spray put it over the top....delicious. I am having a bbq next weekend and this is going to be the main event. thank you for this delicious chicken recipe.....Stephanie


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