Beer Can Chicken

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This recipe is inspired by the famous barbecue guru Stever Raichlen. This method makes the meat very juicy and tender.

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2 tbsp brown sugar 26 g
1 tbsp paprika 9 g
2 tsp mustard powder 5 g
1 tbsp salt 14 g
1 tsp ground pepper 3 g
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 1 g
3/4 cup beer can 190 mL
1 chicken, whole, trimmed of excess skin and fat 1.4 kg

Before you start

Alternatively, the chicken may be cooked in the oven at 190°C/375°F.


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
  2. Mix the brown sugar, spices and salt in a small bowl. Place the half-full can of beer on a solid surface.
  3. Rinse chicken inside out under cold running water, drain and pat dry. Lightly oil the chicken, then rub the enrire surface inside out with the seasoning mix. Fit whole chicken over the can of beer with the legs on the bottom; keep upright. The beer may foam up when the seasonings fall inside the can.
  4. Place the chicken, standing on the can, directly on the preheated grill. Close the lid and barbeque the chicken until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 1 h 15 to 1h 30. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 83°C/180°F.
  5. Remove the chicken from the grill still standing on the beer can. Cover the chicken with a sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10 min before removing from the beer can. Pay attention: The beer will be very hot. Carve the chicken then serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (190 g)


% Daily Value




10 g

15 %

Saturated 2.5 g
+ Trans 0 g

13 %


100 mg


1370 mg

57 %


10 g

3 %


1 g

6 %


6 g

Net Carbs

9 g


35 g

Vitamin A

15 %

Vitamin C

3 %


4 %


20 %


This recipe is :
Excellent source of  :
Niacin, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin B6, Zinc
Good source of  :
Iron, Magnesium, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E
Source of  :
Copper, Folacin, Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin D


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Meat and Alternatives 4
Other Foods ½

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