Beer can chicken


Prep Time: 15 mins

BBQ Time: 90 mins

Serves: 4

Charcoal: Roast

Gas: Roast

Must have accessory: Weber® Original™ Poultry Roaster

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  • 1 whole chicken, 4 to 5 pounds
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 can (16 ounces) beer (tall boy)

For the rub:

  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp granulated garlic
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper


1. To make the rub: In a small bowl combine the rub ingredients.

2. Remove and discard the neck, giblets, and any excess fat from the chicken. Lightly spray or brush all over with the vegetable oil and season, inside and out, with the rub.

3. Open the beer can and pour off half of the beer. Set the half-full can on a flat surface and slide the chicken over the top so the can fits inside the cavity. Transfer the bird to the grill, keeping the can upright. Carefully balance the bird on its two legs and the can.

4. Grill over indirect medium heat until the juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 170ºF in the breast and 180ºF in the thickest part of the thigh, 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours.

5. Wearing barbecue mitts, carefully remove the chicken and the can from the grill, being careful not to spill the beer - it will be hot. Let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes before lifting it from the can. Discard the beer. Cut the chicken into serving pieces. Serve warm.

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