The Juiciest Beer Can Chicken Recipe

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

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 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

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