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Beer Can Chicken

Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time:




About the Recipe

This classic recipe yields a tender, falling-off-the-bone whole chicken that's moist on the inside and crispy on the outside.


  • 1 (4-pound) whole chicken

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or other vegetable oil

  • 1 (12-ounce) can beer, room temperature, opened and half-full

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt or sea salt

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 tablespoon dried thyme (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon black pepper


  • For the chicken: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

  • Rub the chicken and its cavity down with the vegetable oil.

  • Season the chicken with salt, pepper and dried herbs,remembering to season the cavity. Pour out 1/4 of the beer and sit the chicken on top of the beer can. Place the chicken in the center of the hot grill and cover. Cook the chicken for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F. Once cooked, cover loosely with foil and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

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