Grilled Beer Can Chicken


 “It’s up the grill!”

Here is a great chicken recipe for the weekend! Beer can whole chicken cooked on the grill…a smoky and sweet flavor profile, crispy skin, tender, juicy meat and an EASY process = a perfect combination. By the way, beer is not a requirement, any liquid will do, it’s the steam the liquid produces that creates a juicy finished product.

What you’ll need:

1 whole chicken (let it come to room temp before grilling)

Olive oil

3-4 T smoky seasoning blend (check out blend recipe 3 rows down)


3 T BBQ sauce (I used @tessemaes) + 1-2 tsp smoky seasoning blend mixed together


Preheat your grill and then turn down to 400 degrees, with center burner turned off (chicken will be cooked indirectly)

Coat chicken with olive oil

Sprinkle outside and inside with a few pinches of salt.

Generously rub entire chicken with spice blend (2-3 T should do the trick)

Grab your can, filled about ⅔ of the way with a liquid of your choice (I used water and vinegar) and lower the chicken cavity onto the can so it looks like it is sitting up, and place on center of grill.

Cook for about 45-60 minutes (depending on size)

Brush the chicken all over with BBQ + spice blend mixture and cook for an additional 10 minutes (dark & sticky!)

Check doneness, instant read thermometer should register 165 degrees at thickest part of thigh.

Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.