Clay's Grilled Beer Can Chicken

Clay's Grilled Beer Can Chicken

14 Reviews 3 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    1 h
  • Ready In

    1 h 15 m
Recipe by  McGibblets

“I'll keep this brief. This is the best grilled beer can chicken you will ever make.”

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Original recipe yields 1 whole grilled chicken



  1. Combine onion powder, salt, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, and brown sugar in a small resealable plastic bag and shake the bag to mix the spices. Pour spice mix into a small bowl.
  2. Make 2 cuts in the chicken skin, on front and back of chicken; insert your hand underneath the skin in front and back and loosen and separate skin without tearing it. Rub the chicken skin and cavity with vegetable oil, and rub the spice rub over the chicken skin, inside the cavity, and beneath the loosened skin.
  3. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  4. Place the beer can on the preheated grill and sit the chicken onto the beer can. Grill until chicken is thoroughly browned, the juices run clear, and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the breast, not touching bone, reads at least 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

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Always remember when making beer chicken to place a small wad of foil or small red potato over neck so that the chicken steams & stays moist inside. I'm not a beer fan. I put 8 oz. of ckn broth in empty 16 oz beer can with spices of choice. The taller can is a little more sturdy. Less chance of tipping over!

rhonda hathaway

rhonda hathaway

what a way to spend New Years Eve in snow covered Milton Indiana~~good really will make again used suggestion on using 16 oz can & onion to cover the hole in the neck delicious shared on my facebook page~~



Great rub. My new go to for chicken,pork and ribs . The chicken was outstanding , I added an onion in the chicken neck.

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 429 cal
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 25.5 g
  • 39%
  • Carbs
  • 4.5 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 41.5 g
  • 83%
  • Cholesterol
  • 129 mg
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 1291 mg
  • 52%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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