Beer Can Chicken

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Sunday afternoons at our house, mean my husband and I enjoy a red beer and we cook dinner together.

red beer

beer and tomato juice… fabulous combination.  put an olive in it and it’s a “beertini!”

Even better when it’s nice outside (yes we live in Nebraska…and our temperatures can get pretty extreme) and we can enjoy said RED BEERS on the patio while the grill does the work for us, and what better way then to make BEER BUTT CHICKEN?

a.k.a. “Butt Chicken” — as my kids would say

beer can chicken

We select our favorite Sunday tunes from iheart radio, Island 98.5 and enjoy a little reggae music while we let the beer can do the work.  It makes the BEST chicken!! It’s got that perfect skin on the outside, all crispy and golden brown and the inside is perfectly juicy!!  You can use beer or, you can use soda pop.  The soda pop will give it a bit sweeter taste though.  Summer Shandy (lemonade beer) makes it moist and lemony!! Yummy!!

Before you start, you need to pick one of these holders up.  You can buy them just about anywhere, they are usually found by the grilling utensils.

Beer Can Chicken Holder

Don’t forget to spray it with non-stick cooking spray before you shove it in the chicken, it’s not fun to clean if you forget!

Sticking the potato in the neck of the bird keeps the moisture in, you will get a juicier chicken that way.  You can substitute an onion if you want to have that flavor.


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Beer Can Chicken

Use this beer can holder to grill a moist and flavorful whole chicken.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 35 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beer Can Chicken
Servings: 1 chicken
Calories: 6769kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 - 3-3.5 pound chicken
  • 1 beer
  • 1 small potato
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Rinse your chicken inside and out.
  • Line an old cookie sheet with foil. Or use a disposable one.
  • Spray beer can holder with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Open your beer of choice, and drink about 1/3 of it. (you can dump it out, but that would be wasteful)
  • Place open can of beer in the holder, and place your chicken over the can.
  • Sprinkle the whole bird with Salt & Pepper
  • Stick the potato down in the neck.
  • Place bird on the cookie sheet and the cookie sheet on the grill and grill on medium heat for about 90 minutes, or until meat thermometer reaches 180 degrees. Checking occasionally to make sure it's not burning.
  • Cooking times can vary greatly based on the size of the bird.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 6769kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 712g | Fat: 386g | Saturated Fat: 108g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 238g | Cholesterol: 2771mg | Sodium: 2417mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g

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  1. Hey enjoyed your post. I love beer can chicken — AND I’m gonna have to check out that chicken enchilada recipe. I love beer can chicken so much I run a crazy blog about it — the beer can chicken blog. Red beer and chicken…now that sounds like a good idea…; )

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