Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken

9 January 2018

Are you ready to take your summer barbecue to the next level? Why not try this awesome beer can chicken recipe! This method involves cooking a whole chicken while it's standing upright on an open beer can, resulting in juicy and succulent meat. Plus, a spicy rub adds a smoky and crispy layer of flavour to the skin. Trust us, your friends and family will be blown away by this delicious and impressive dish.
  • Beer can
  • Chicken
  • Main course
  • Recipe





Cooking Time

55 - 70 minutes


1.4 kg whole chicken

Olive oil

330ml can of beer

1 fresh green chilli

3 tbsp. barbecue sauce

1 bunch of spring onions

½ bunch of coriander

For the rub:

1 heaped tablespoon smoked paprika

1 heaped teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 heaped teaspoon sea salt

1 heaped tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

1 heaped tablespoon soft dark brown sugar


1Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Remove the chicken from the fridge and leave aside to reach room temperature

2In a pestle and mortar, add all of the rub ingredients and crush into a fine powder

3Open the beer can and pour into a glass (to drink later) around two thirds of it, then carefully lower the chicken cavity onto the can so it's standing up right on a large roasting tray

4Pour olive oil over the chicken then add the rub all over the chicken

5Place in the oven and cook for around 45 minutes to one hour, or until golden brown and cooked through. To check it's cooked, put a knife into the side of the leg and check if the meat is white, and the juices run clear or use a meat thermometer

6Once the chicken is cooked, take out the oven and cover with barbecue sauce, then return to the oven for another 10 minutes, or until dark and sticky

7Whilst the chicken is being finished off, chop chilli, coriander and spring onions

8When the chicken has finished cooking, remove the can, and sprinkle over spring onions, chilli and coriander on the chicken.

There you have it, a mouth-watering beer can chicken recipe that's sure to impress your guests at your next summer gathering! Once the chicken is cooked to perfection, you can serve it up with a variety of delicious sides such as roasted vegetables, potato salad, corn on the cob, or any other summer favourites. Don't forget to sprinkle some fresh chilli, coriander, and spring onions on top of the chicken to add an extra kick of flavour and colour. And, of course, crack open a cold beer and enjoy the satisfying feeling of a job well done. Happy cooking!