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Beer Can Chicken

Barbecue & Grilling Recipes from AlansKitchen.comMakes 8 servings.


  • 2 - fresh young chicken, about 3-1/2 pounds each

  • 2 - Tablespoon paprika

  • 2 - teaspoon sugar

  • 2 - teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 - teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3 - cans (12 ounces each) beer


Preheat grill to medium-high, according to manufacturer’s directions.

  1. In a small dish, add paprika, sugar, salt and cayenne pepper. 

  2. Season chickens inside and out with spice mixture.

  3. Rinse outside of 2 beer cans. 

  4. Open and punch 2 additional holes in top of each can. 

  5. Holding each chicken upright, place over can so that can goes into main cavity. 

  6. Pull legs forward to form a tripod, allowing chicken to stand upright over can.

  7. Surround disposable foil drip pan with hot coals. 

  8. Pour remaining can of beer in pan; add 1/2 cup water.

  9. Keeping cans upright, place chickens on rack, directly above the drip pan. 

  10. Close cover and grill 1 hour or until chicken is done (internal temp 180° F). 

  11. To remove cans, lift chicken by inserting large fork into neck; remove hot can using thick cooking mitt.

Picnicking & Tailgating

Place in ice chest.  When the grill is ready, just take them out of the ice chest and grill.

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