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Beer Can Chicken

Posted: 07/30/2010 4:12:30 PM
Tags:  beer can chicken video, baked chicken, grilled chicken, grilling, beer can chicken, beer, cooking, food, recipes, chicken recipes, chicken


Beer can chicken still makes me laugh. You have to admit that the sight of a headless chicken sitting on a can of beer is rather comical, no matter how many times you see it.

My first experience with beer can chicken was several years ago. I had no idea there was even such a thing until my neighbors invited me over to share a meal with them. When they told me what they were making and how it was prepared, my comment was, “Are you kidding?” I really thought they were pulling my leg; but then they whipped open the grill and I almost choked on my martini when I saw a nicely browned chicken perched atop a Budweiser. Nowadays, when I see chicken prepared this way, I no longer have such an extreme reaction—maybe just a smile and a chuckle or two.

Aside from the humorous aspects of this cooking method, I can’t remember ever having beer can chicken that wasn’t super moist and delicious. This cooking method seems to provide results that really can’t be duplicated by any other means, so I encourage you to try it.

Here’s a simple but delicious recipe for beer can chicken featured on RecipeTips.com:


Beer Can Chicken Main Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken (3-4 lbs.)
  • 1 can of beer (12 oz.)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 ½ tablespoons spice rub (see the recipe below)

Spice Rub Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper

RecipeTips.com has a terrific illustrated step-by-step beer can chicken article describing how to prepare it, or if you’d rather watch a beer can chicken video showing the same steps, we have a good one featuring Chef Laurie. I guarantee that once you try beer can chicken you’ll want to make it again and again. Enjoy!

jamaljj said...
Posted on: 11/30/2012 9:58:41 PM

Karleen said...
excellent dinner, the video is so helpful to watch it be prepared before I did it. My boys loved it. I made it in the oven. I was wonderful!!
Posted on: 08/27/2010 10:16:06 AM

jwc said...
Great! I will definitely try that when my grill is buried in the snow. Thanks.
Posted on: 08/02/2010 1:40:31 PM

CookingMatters said...
Yes, jwc, you can make beer can chicken in the oven. Simply set it on a broiler pan and bake it at 350ºF until the meat reaches 170ºF on a meat thermometer (about 1 1/2 hours for a 3-pound chicken). Check out the "Roasting Beer Can Chicken" section of the "Beer Can Chicken" article for complete information.
Posted on: 08/02/2010 10:25:02 AM

jwc said...
Is it possible to bake this in the oven? If so, what modifications are needed?
Posted on: 08/02/2010 08:45:55 AM

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