How to Make Amazing Beer Can Chicken

How to Make Amazing Beer Can Chicken


Show off your skills with this homemade how to make amazing beer can chicken dish that keeps the meat moist, and succulent.

Ingredients Beer Can Chicken Grill Recipe:

Optional Beer Can Recipe Balsamic Style


Step 1: Begin the process of grilling by locating the charcoal into a mound on one side.  Leave a section without charcoal which will act as an indirect zone.  Ignite the charcoal and allow to burn until the briquettes have turned ashed white. For gas grill bring the temperature to 325 degrees.

Step 2: Place round metal catch tray under the grill grating in the empty section away from the charcoal. The chicken will be placed above the catch tray while cooking.

Step 3: Wash whole fryer with water and pat dry. Remove the giblets, liver and any neck pieces and coat with olive oil.

Step 4: Generously sprinkle Jake's Famous Tri-Tip, Steak and Rib Rub Dry Seasoning all over the chicken. Press the rub into the skin of the chicken to ensure it holds on. When chicken is at room temperature you can lift sections of the chicken skin to place the dry rub under. This will aid in giving the chicken a deeper richer flavor. Shake the remaining seasoning into the cavity of the chicken to enhance the inner flavor. After seasoning lay the chicken on foil wrap, enough to cover completely, wrap tightly and put aside in your refrigerator. Let chicken rest in foil for 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Step 5: In the empty can mix the apple juice, Worcestershire sauce, Bourbon, and Maple Syrup.

Step 6: Collect a heavy round pie pan and place the filled can in the center of the pie pan.

Step 7: Once the chicken has marinated remove the foil and open the bottom cavity of the chicken. Slide the chicken onto the top of the can and continue pushing down the chicken to take in as much of the can as possible. The can will act as a natural stand to hold the chicken up. If you have one of those fancy chicken stands you can use that as well.

Step 8: With your charcoals ashed white transport your dish to the grill, ensure that the chicken is low enough so that the lid of the grill will close tightly. Fill the bottom pan half full with water which will help keep the chicken from drying out as well as capture any errant dripping. Position the chicken over the pan below. Shake additional seasoning in areas that might have fallen off in transport. Close the grill. *Note if you have an uneven grill surface place the pie pan directly on top of the grill. Place the can on the pie pan and slip the chicken over the can. With this method no bottom pan is required. Ensure that grill lid will close completely.

Step 9:** We'll want the internal temperature to reach approximately 180 degrees in the thigh of the chicken.  We expect a cooking time of about 2 hour to be done.

Step 10: Test Temperature with a meat thermometer. All chicken should cook to a temperature of 180 degrees in the breast and thighs of the chicken. If at the right temperature remove from the grill and transport the chicken in doors and let stand for 3-5 minutes. Remove the chicken gently from the can remember the liquid inside will be hot. Discard the liquid and can.

Serve and Enjoy.

**Chicken livers are enjoyed by many, however if you prefer not to have them simply discard in the original chicken package. Pre-coat the chicken with yellow mustard and cover with Jake's Tri-Tip Rub.  After marinating grill until done.


If it gets late and you find that the grill is just not delivering the level of heat you need you can always use the alternate method of finishing the dish in the oven.  You'll need to make space in the oven by removing the  bottom racks. Pre-heat the oven turning the temperature up to 350 degrees and place the chicken inside. Check the chicken every 20 minutes as each time the door is opened it takes about 5 minutes to get the desired temperature returned. When temperature is achieved and skin is golden remove and follow above instructions. 

Chart for Beer Can Chicken Grilling

Cooking Tips For
Roasting, Simmering, Grilling Chicken

Size - Weight




3-4 Pounds

75-90 minutes

 60-75 minutes

75 minutes

* Listed above are total cooking times;

these estimates depend on the heat level of fire.


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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 20 September, 2017.