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The Juiciest Beer Can Chicken Recipe

Updated: Jan 4, 2023

Beer Can Chicken looks a little silly while cooking, but it results in the most flavorful and juiciest chicken you've ever had!

One of my favorite ways to Roast a whole chicken is unique and tasty, not your usual way of baking a chicken. It’s a conversation piece.Beer Can Chicken is roasted over a beer can to produce the juiciest, tastiest meat. This recipe requires minimal prep time before baking. The whole family will love this!

  • Beer Whole Chicken

  • ⅓ cup brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoons paprika

  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard

  • 2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder 

  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder

  • (8 fluid ounce) can of beer I use Budweiser

  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room


  1. Clean chicken - rinse with water and pat dry

  2. In a small bowl combine all the seasoning - take about 1 tablespoon and place inside the chicken cavity

  3. Rub the outsides of the chicken with olive oil 

  4. Rub the rest of the seasoning on the outside of the chicken

  5. In another bowl, add the softened butter. Add a few pinches (about 1/3 of the mix) of the spice mix to the butter and stir together until combined and smooth. Gently lift the skin of the chicken and rub the butter all over the breasts (UNDER the skin) and the thighs and legs.

  6. Place the can with the 8 ounce inside the chicken - the chicken should be able to stand up on its own

  7. Place in the oven ( the oven should be around 400 degrees ) cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes - use a meat thermometer it should be at 180.

  8. When finished, carefully remove the pans from the oven and let the chicken rest for about 20 minutes.

  9. Grilling instructions: Create indirect heat on your gas or charcoal grill so the flames aren't directly below the pan. You want the grill to maintain a temperature between 375 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit.The rest of the recipe instructions remain the same, the only difference is the tool to cook it with.

  10. SMOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow all other instructions for preparing the chicken. Smoke at 275 degrees until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which will take about 2 1/2 to 3 hours, depending on the size of the chicken.

STORAGE AND HEATING INSTRUCTIONS: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Heat in a preheated 325°F oven. Wrap chicken in foil and heat through until heated through.

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