Grilled Beer Can Chicken on Grill
Print Recipe
5 from 3 votes

Grilled Beer Can Chicken

Grilled Beer Can Chicken is a fun and different way to achieve perfect grilled chicken that will have your friends and family thinking you are a prize winning BBQ Pitmaster!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: recipe for grilled beer can chicken, how to grill a chicken on a beer can
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 530kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby


Barbecue Rub Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika
  • 3 Tbsp black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper


  • 4-5 pound chicken
  • 1 can beer or another carbonated beverage 12 oz can
  • 1 cup apple juice or apple cider
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar


  • To make the rub, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Apply the rub all over the chicken, even inside the cavity. Work the mixture under the skin wherever possible. Cover the chicken and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • In the meantime, prepare your grill for direct grilling and preheat to 375 degrees.
  • When the grill is ready, pour half of the beer or other carbonated beverage into a spray bottle. Add the apple juice or apple cider, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar and shake well.
  • Slide the chicken over the beer can, or if you are using a vertical beer can chicken roaster, place the can into the holder and slide the chicken over the can and holder.
  • Carefully place the chicken and the vertical roaster on the grill grates. Spray the chicken with the mixture in the spray bottle and close the grill lid. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the chicken starts to brown all over.
  • Using heavy-duty oven mitts, carefully lift up the chicken (still sitting on the vertical roaster) and place a drip pan under the roaster to catch the drippings. (I usually use a pie plate or cake pan.) Spray the chicken again and close the lid. Cook for approximately 45-60 more minutes, spraying the chicken every 15 minutes or so until the internal temperature of the thighs, reaches 165 degrees.
  • Have a large pan or dish close and again, using heavy-duty oven mitts, carefully lift the chicken and vertical roaster off the grill. Very carefully remove the chicken from the vertical roaster and can and place in the pan. Use extreme caution here; the can and liquid inside are very hot!
  • Spray the chicken once more, cover loosely with foil and let rest for approximately 10 minutes before serving.




Calories: 530kcal | Protein: 53g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 250mg | Sodium: 340mg | Vitamin A: 1900IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Iron: 3.6mg