This is a bit of a lowbrow dish for  a sustainable food blog, but who cares. It’s chicken and beer and that is a fine combination any time for me.  Plus beer can chicken makes for an easy effort dish after work, provided you have enough time to wait for it to finish cooking. Note it takes a good 1 1/2 to 2 hours for the chicken to be ready in 375 degree grill.

I can home the other night ready to make it and realized after dealing with LA traffic and arriving home at 6:30 that I needed a backup plan for that night’s dinner, but I would still make the beer can chicken and chop it up for the following night.  That worked well for me; though, when the chicken came out of the grill just before 9pm (I didn’t get in there until a little after 7pm) I fought not to eat the whole thing.  An internal struggle that wasn’t helped by my vegan meal I served at 7:30 that night.

Here was this perfectly roasted chicken, funny looking as it is standing on its legs, smelling incredible with the beer aroma and bbq spice rub a golden brown. Thankfully, I decided to only try a few bites and save the rest for the next evening.

This is a pretty simple dish any level of cook can accomplish, which is probably why it is so popular.

Beer Can Chicken
Serves 4

4 lb chicken whole fryer
1 can of beer, drink half and reserve the other half for cooking
1/2 cup of your favorite bbq dry rub
2 tablesppons olive oil
salt & pepper

Heat grill.  I have a thermometer on my Weber grill that was heated to 375 degrees when I made this. It took about a hour and 45 minutes to cook. You’ll want to use a meat thermometer and place it in the breast meat. When it reaches between 160-165 degrees it is ready. Grill or oven times may vary which is while you’ll need a meat thermometer.


Open beer can and drink half of the beer.  Optional: Cut the can in half using kitchen shears this will help get more flavoring during cooking.  Place the beer can inside a chicken roast stand.  I use the following stand, but there are others that are just as good.


Rub olive oil over chicken and salt and pepper.  Take your favorite chicken bbq spice rub and rub into the chicken, covering the whole chicken. Use more or less rub as you need it.  Place chicken on chicken roast rack with beer can under open main cavity. Put foil around the ends of the chicken legs so they will not burn.


Place chicken with rack and beer can on grill or in oven and cook until meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees. Remove chicken discarding beer can and remove foil then serve with your favorite sides or pull meat to use in a sandwich.