Beer Can Chicken on the Grill Recipe

This is an easy and great tasting main dish that you easily can eat with fries, rice or salads. Absolutely delicious and an added bonus, you get to sip a few gulps of your favorite beer while preparing the chicken!
beer can chicken


  • 1 (4-pound) whole chicken
  • 2 Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ a lemon or lime, juiced
  • 1 can of beer
  • ¼ red onion
  • Your favorite dry spice rub (below is my dry rub)
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional
  • BBQ Sauce


  1. Remove neck and giblets from chicken and discard. Rinse chicken with cold water, pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Rub chicken lightly with oil then rub inside and out with salt, pepper and dry rub. Set aside.
  3. Open a beer can and take several sips.
  4. Add the ¼ of the onion chopped in the beer can, with salt and pepper and ½ a juiced lemon or lime.
  5. Place beer can on a solid surface. Place the chicken on the beer can.
  6. Put the chicken on the grill and place in the center of the grate, balancing the bird on its 2 legs and the can like a tripod. (
  7. Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat, with the grill cover on,
  8. Cook for 2 hours and 15 minutes or until the internal temperature registers 175 – 180 degrees F in the breast area
  9. Until the thigh juice runs clear when poked with a fork or knife.
  10. Brush on your BBQ sauce during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking.
  11. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

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