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Beer Can Chicken

Life is good when you are on vacation!

(Sammy having a blast with his cousins!)

We just shared four fun filled days with my sister in law Jamie and her family visiting us from the Panhandle. It was a great time…full of lots of swimming, cooking, eating and relaxing. And best of all is what happens when two foodies are under the same roof…lots and lots of great food!!

Beer Can Chicken(our bird dancing on the grill alongside some sweet potatoes for Grilled Sweet Potato Salad…)

A friend of mine recently told me about her experience making Beer Can Chicken. She told me it turned out wonderfully on the grill and that it was a fun meal for entertaining. I thought Jamie’s visit was the perfect time to try it out. Jamie found a recipe in her How to Grill cookbook and we went with it…and with fantastic results!! The chicken turned out so moist and flavorful, I can’t wait to make it again!

Beer Can Chicken

The rub we used for the chicken was simple yet amazing. The recipe makes a large quantity perfect for storing in your spice cabinet for future use. In addition to the whole chicken, we grilled up some chicken breasts seasoned with the same rub. We served the chicken with sweet grilled corn and Grilled Sweet Potato Salad … a perfect summer night meal!

The directions for the Beer Can Chicken method can be found here on The Barbeque Bible’s website. See below for the great multi-purpose BBQ rub we used also found on the site and cookbook.

Our bird got a little charred while on the grill…what we learned that it’s best to keep the burners turned off under the chicken…the heat from the other two burners was more than enough to cook the chicken up nicely. We all got a kick out of checking on the bird…he looked quite happy dancing on that grill…:)

Beer Can Chicken

Print Recipe

Basic Barbeque Rub

Yield: 1 cup


  • 1/4 cup coarse salt (kosher or sea)
  • 1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir or whisk to mix. Transfer to a jar, cover, and store away from heat and light. The rub will keep for several months.

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41 comments on “Beer Can Chicken”

  1. What a delicious looking BBQ meal! Ive always wanted to try beer can chicken – it always looks so tasty!

  2. It looks like everyone had a marvelous time except, of course, the chicken whose time for trial by fire had come. You did a great job and your rub really sounds terrific. Have a great day.

  3. Looks so good! I have always wanted to try this "beer in the rear" chicken! Glad you had fun with the fam…I need a vaca!

  4. That beer can chicken looks so tasty .It's always nice to spend some time with the family..

  5. Glad you enjoyed some R and R! I really want to try that sweet potato salad! YUM!

  6. We have made the chicken and it is delicious.

  7. I've yet to make beer can chicken although I am sure my husband would love it.

    Your curried couscous down below looks amazing too.

  8. Aggie,
    We all had a great time and we really enjoyed making and eating this chicken. It was soooooo good! And fun to make! I think a bird will be on my grill this weekend.

  9. That looks amazing. I've been wanting to make beer can chicken for ages, but my oven is too small (as sad as that is) and I don't have a yard to grill. I'll have to live vicariously through you. 🙂

  10. This…looks…heavenly!! I definitely need to give this a try as the rub sounds so delicious.

  11. A little chicken up the butt never hurt anybody!

  12. We love ber can chicken. It's so moist!

  13. I received a recipe for beer can chicken from my sister and never made it yet. I'll have to because looking at your pictures it looks really good.

  14. Your chicken looks quite happy dancing around on the grill! I've been meaning to try beer can chicken for awhile so I'll have to go check the recipe out. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I made a beer can chicken last year and we totally loved it. I don't mind the charring a bit. :o)

  16. Chicken yummy1

  17. I ve hear of preparing chicken this convinced me to give it a friends would get a kick out of it. Thanks Figtreeapps

  18. That chicken looks good. I use the same method as that.I have a collection of tips and recipes for grilling and if you would like to see them you can visit

  19. Looks like such a fun visit! And I am loving this beer can chicken – it just totally cracks me up. It is like an instant party, just insert beer can into chicken. I am so trying this!

  20. Yum, your pictures make me want to BBQ! Both the chicken and corn look great and the spice rub very flavorful! Glad you enjoyed your vacation!

  21. We love beer can chicken so much that we bought a special metal stand that holds the beer can and stabilizes the chicken. They even have one that holds two chickens.

  22. That whole meal looks amazing! I have had beer can chicken before and love it…it's so moist and juicy!

  23. The beer can is hysterical, but why not? It always works to stand your chicken upright. Everything looks delicious.

  24. I've always wanted to try this, it looks like such a fun way to make chicken! Fun vacay!

  25. This looks really good. I love your beer can chicken dancing on the grill. 🙂

  26. The BBQ looks so good. My husband keeps asking me to make beer can chicken. I will have to give it a try. Love the idea of grilling those sweet potatoes!

  27. hello. how ru. post some latest chicken recipes . what is your favourite recipe @

  28. It's grilling beer or drunkin' chicken so much fun. They come out looking so pretty and tasting so good too! The rub sounds terrific.

    Glad you had a wonderful time with your family!

  29. Everything looks so delicious.

  30. Hi Aggie,I admit to never trying this before but that sure looks delicious!I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind. Just add this foodista widget to this post and it's all set to go, Thanks!

  31. You know, I've wondered about trying the beer can chicken for my husband, but it just doesn't look very pretty sitting atop of that can. I think it might give me the giggles then dinner would be ruined.

  32. We just had beer can chicken the other night at my parents house! It turned out delicious!

  33. No, no no more pool photos!!!!!! I am missing home more and more!

    I have to ask an exterior question.. I have been looking for new furniture and the lounge (white lounge) in the back caught my eye, can you e-mail me and let me know where you bought it, I'd like to import it, I've been searching and searching for white lawn furniture since forever.

    The BBQ….. I am on my way.. next flight out from Tokyo to Fl.

  34. I'm making this for dinner tonight. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

  35. Howdy I am so happy I found your blog page. A good read. Thanks for your blog and keep the posts coming.

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