Beer Can Chicken

My Roast Chicken obsession continues…this time, it’s my all-time favorite…Beer Can Chicken..  Mixing Beer + BBQ…what could be better?

This recipe doesn’t need any special equipment, although I use some below…see changes you could do here:

  • Instead of a smoker box, wrap the wood chips in aluminum foil
  • Instead of my beer can contraption, just put the chicken directly on the can!

    The extended base is for veggies – but you can use any BBQ safe stir fry pan


  • 1 Whole Frying Chicken (4 – 5 lbs)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Spices for Chicken (Salt + Pepper, Chicken Dry Rub)
  • Wood Chips
  • Vegetables for Grilling (whatever you have on hand)
  • 4 Potatoes
  • 1 can Beer (a darker beer works better)


  1. Soak your wood chips for about 30 minutes in cold water 
  2. Turn the BBQ on and warm to about 400 F
  3. Wash your chicken, and remove the giblets
  4. Pat the Chicken down with a little vegetable oil, and rub your dry rub spices all over the chicken liberally (put some on the inside too!) 
  5. Pour about 200 ml of that beer into an ice cold mug…ignore the temptation to drink it immediately (I put 150 ml of my beer into my contraption instead)
  6. Place the beer can into the butt of the Chicken 
  7. Place your chips into a smoker box, and place directly over the fire
  8. Place on the bbq over an indirect heat for roughly an hour,  until the temperature of the meat hits 180 F.  Place the potatoes on at the same time.  Half-way thru cooking the chicken, add the veggies
  9. Rest for 10 minutes before carving, and enjoy!

I have to admit…it smelled so good I forgot to take a picture when it came out, so here’s some of the left-overs on a clean plate…sorry 😦 


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