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Moist and delicious Beer Can Chicken.
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5 from 4 votes

Beer Can Chicken

Whole chicken cooked on the BBQ over a can of beer.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beer Can Chicken, Chicken cooked with a can of beer, How to cook a whole chicken on the grill
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Kathy


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1/2 can of beer
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt
  • pepper


  • sprinkle salt and pepper inside bird cavity.
  • Open and empty the beer can half way.
  • Put garlic cloves inside can. If cloves are too large, they can be cut to fit inside can.
  • Add fresh thyme inside can.
  • Place can in a beer can chicken stand.
  • Place lemon half inside cavity of chicken.
  • Slide chicken cavity over beer can. 
  • Place on a preheated gas grill on indirect heat. I turn off the middle burner on my grill and leave the two side burners on medium heat. Close lid to grill.
  • Check and rotate every 30 minutes.
  • Cook for about 1 1/2 hours until an internal meat thermometer registers 165 degrees.
  • Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes. I cover mine loosely with aluminum foil to help keep the chicken warm.
  • Slice and serve.


Substitute thyme for your favorite herbs.


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 252mg | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 8.2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.3mg