Recipe: BBQ Beer Can Chicken

Hosting a BBQ at your place this weekend? Impress your buddies with this quick and easy BBQ beer can chicken recipe. Simple ingredients, simply delicious.


  • 1 (4-pound or 1.8 kilogram) whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of dry spice rub
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 can of beer


  1. Remove the giblets and neck from the inside cavity of the bird. Give your bird a good rinse and dry off with paper towel.
  2. Massage olive oil into your chicken, then coat in dry rub.
  3. Crack open your can of beer and take a couple big gulps so that you’ve only got ½ a can remaining.
  4. Place the cavity of the chicken over the beer can then balance the bird on your grill with the beer can resting down.
  5. Place the onion cut into quarters into the cavity of the chicken along with the beer can.
  6. Cook for about an hour and 15 minutes on indirect medium-high heat about 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Looking for a side to go with it? Check out our Campfire Dinner Recipe for a delicious baked potato and veggie dish to make on the BBQ.


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June 20, 2015

hi love the beer can chicken .just wondering if we are going to bar b que sauce on when should we do that .thanks

October 12, 2015

Looks like an awesome recipe. What temp do you suggest for the bbq? Thanks.

Don't Change Much
October 19, 2015

Hi Charla, Thanks for the question. Heat barbecue for indirect grilling: Light one side of barbecue, leaving other side unlit. Close lid and heat the barbecue to medium-high heat - 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Cheers!

August 04, 2018

What about the onion? Where does it go?

Don't Change Much
August 17, 2018

Thanks for the question Larry. You can place the onion cut into quarters into the cavity of the chicken along with the beer can. Enjoy!

William O. Craig
June 14, 2019

what about the print on the can, is it not toxic?