Beer Can Grilled Chicken

Beer Can Chicken
Photo by Mark Boughton
  • Yield: 4 servings

"We love to cook and experiment, especially cooking outdoors, where food tastes best. I love to share with others and watch their eyes light up and their appetites get conquered. My job is done."


2tablespoons brown sugar
2tablespoons paprika
2teaspoons black pepper
2teaspoons salt
1teaspoon garlic powder
1teaspoon onion powder
1teaspoon celery seeds
1/4teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
1whole chicken
One 12-ounce can beer


  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, celery seeds, and cayenne in a bowl; mix well.
  3. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Apply the rub to the chicken, pressing down heavily to allow the seasonings to adhere. Sprinkle any remaining rub in the cavity of the chicken.
  4. Remove the tab on the beer can and make additional holes or slits in the top with a can opener. Place the full beer can into the cavity of the chicken. Arrange the chicken on the grill rack in an upright position, pulling the legs apart to form a tripod. Cover the grill and cook until done, 1 to 1 1/4 hours.

Marcia Trescott, Council Bluffs, Iowa