classic beer can chicken


1 (4 lb.) whole chicken, giblets and neck removed
1/2 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons salt-free southwest chipotle seasoning
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 (16 oz.) can lager beer


  1. season chicken cavity with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. pat chicken dry with paper towels; brush with oil.
  3. in a small bowl, combine seasoning and sugar.
  4. rub seasoning mixture on chicken.
  5. coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. preheat grill to medium indirect heat (350°f–400°f).
  7. pour out 1/3 cup of the beer and reserve for another use.
  8. place can on a level surface and slide chicken onto can, legs facing down.
  9. carefully stand chicken (on can) on grill over indirect heat; if necessary, prop chicken up with crumpled sheets of foil.
  10. grill, covered, for 60–80 minutes or until instant-read thermometer registers 165°f when inserted into thickest part of chicken thigh.
  11. carefully transfer chicken (with can) to a platter.
  12. let stand on beer can 10–15 minutes.
  13. carefully lift chicken off can; discard can.
  14. carve chicken into slices and serve.

suggestion: if preparing for a gluten-free diet, carefully read product labels when selecting ingredients.

note: high-domed grills work best for this recipe. if grill lid is shallow, carefully lean and rest back of chicken on crumpled sheets of foil while grilling.

Nutrition (Per Serving)

serving size 4 oz.
servings 8
calories 300
fat 18g
saturated fat 4.5g
cholesterol 95mg
sodium 230mg
carbohydrate 3g
fiber 0g
sugars 3g
protein 29g