Top Beer Can Chicken Recipes

The Best and Most Popular Beer Can Chicken Recipes for Barbecue & Grilling

To get a whole chicken cooked all the way through on the grill while remaining moist and tender can be a challenge. Set the chicken on a beer can and you will not only keep the bird moist, you will be able to add lots of great flavor while it cooks. These recipes work on the basic secret of beer can chicken: using a flavorful spice rub to season the outside of the chicken while kicking up the flavor of the beer.

  • 01 of 09
    Beer Can Chicken
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    This is another variation of the "beer in the butt" chicken recipe loaded with flavor. The rich herb and spice mixture in this beer can recipe will steam the inside with flavor, keeping the chicken moist.

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    This is the classic beer in the butt chicken recipe. Developed by a couple of guys with too many beer cans and not enough pans. This chicken is moist and flavorful. This recipe uses a smoker to slow-roast the chicken.

  • 03 of 09

    Garland Rome's beer can chicken recipe adds crab boil to the beer, making this whole chicken even more tender and flavorful.

  • 04 of 09

    This beer can chicken gets a dose of serious Memphis-style barbecue flavors with the fantastic rub on the outside and all those rich seasonings in the can. This is a great recipe for smoked beer can chicken. 

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  • 05 of 09

    This beer can chicken has a fantastic garlic and lemon flavor.

  • 06 of 09

    You can adjust the heat in this beer can chicken recipe by using either hot, medium or mild chili powder.

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    If you love that lemon and oregano flavor of Greek food, then this beer can chicken recipe is sure to become a fast favorite. You can serve with grilled potatoes, vegetable kebabs, or a simple green salad.

  • 08 of 09

    This beer can chicken recipe calls for wine instead of beer, proving that there are so many ways to use this great cooking method.

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  • 09 of 09

    Moroccan-Spiced Beer Can Chicken

    The combination of herbs and lemon juice, along with the beer, produces a tender and flavorful bird.