Grilled Beer Can Chicken


As you can probably tell by now, I love to grill. Being outside in my backyard enjoying a beer hanging with friends and family is what makes me happy. With my backyard all done, it is time to grill.


1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 (4 pound) whole chicken, rinsed and dried
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, or more as needed
1/2 (12 ounce) can beer (such as Budweiser)


1. Combine onion powder, salt, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, and brown sugar in a small resealable plastic bag and shake the bag to mix the spices. Pour spice mix into a small bowl.
2. Make 2 cuts in the chicken skin, on front and back of chicken; insert your hand underneath the skin in front and back and loosen and separate skin without tearing it. Rub the chicken skin and cavity with vegetable oil, and rub the spice rub over the chicken skin, inside the cavity, and beneath the loosened skin.
3. Preheat grill for medium heat.
4. Place the beer can on the preheated grill and sit the chicken onto the beer can. Grill until chicken is thoroughly browned, the juices run clear, and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the breast, not touching bone, reads at least 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Note: Prepare to use indirect heat. For a charcoal grill arrange the briquettes along the edge so none are directly below the chicken. For a gas grill place the chicken on an area of the grill away from a burner.

Here are two more great outdoor BBQ recipes:

Grilled Blue Cheese Burgers
Teriyaki Flank Steak


About Ray Gruenfelder

Creator and Founder of The Guy Corner NYC, the Guys lifestyle blog (Tech, Sports, Food, Drinks & much more). A married father of 2, this page is dedicated to "Guy Stuff". I am also Co-Founder of NYC Wine Guys, a wine blog from 2 guys from Queens, NY.

Posted on April 25, 2014 11:56 am, in The Foodie and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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