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BBQ Beer Can Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
Roasting a chicken on a vertical roaster gives you the most moist and tender chicken possible. Being able to do that roasting on a BBQ grill makes that moist chicken even tastier and frees up your oven too.
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken
Servings: 4 to 6 people
Calories: 699 kcal
  • Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • ¾ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 beer lager or ale – something you like!
  • 1 5-pound chicken
Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce:
  • cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion or 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  1. Rinse the chicken and remove the giblets and neckbone. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Combine the cumin, paprika, thyme, sage, salt and black pepper. Brush the chicken with olive oil and rub the spice mix over all sides of the chicken. Pour the beer in the well of the vertical roaster. (Feel free to drink the rest of the beer!)
  3. Place the chicken on top of the vertical roaster, inserting the cavity of the chicken over the beer well.
  4. Pre-heat the grill to roughly 400°F. Grill the chicken over indirect heat by turning off one of the burners of the grill or pushing coals to one side of the grill. Place the roaster on top of the indirect heat area. Close the lid and grill for 60 t 75 minutes. Be sure not to lift the lid for at least the first 30 minutes.
  5. While the chicken is cooking make the BBQ Sauce. Combine the brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, onion and paprika in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
  6. After 1 hour of grilling, brush the chicken generously with the BBQ sauce and continue to grill for 5 to 15 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F on an instant read thermometer. Brush with more BBQ sauce.
  7. Remove from the grill and carefully transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve with any remaining BBQ sauce.
Nutrition Facts
BBQ Beer Can Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 quarter chicken)
Calories 699 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 204mg68%
Sodium 1199mg50%
Potassium 682mg19%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 52g104%
Vitamin A 920IU18%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.