Beercan Chicken

BBQ Classic: Beer Can Chicken

One of the most famous BBQ dishes is the Beer Can Chicken. It’s also one of the first dishes BBQ enthusiasts make when discovering the world of indirect grilling and smoking. Beer Can Chicken may sound a bit like a real man's dish, but it certainly isn't! Although there is an eternal debate about the effect of the beer, the beer can mainly serves as the standard for the chicken. Instead of a beer can you can also buy a chicken sitter. Grilling the chicken indirectly gives you a deliciously tender result. Really, you've never eaten BBQ chicken this tender before!

Beercan Chicken
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Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Keyword: bbq chicken, beer can chicken, beercan chicken, Chicken
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 Chicken (I used one weighing 1 kilo)
  • BBQ Rub (choose your favorite)
  • Olive Oil
  • Can of Beer (half a liter)

Overige Benodigdheden:

  • BBQ with Lid
  • 2 Chunks of Smoking Wood (Apple)
  • Core Thermometer


  • Wash the chicken under running water and then pat it dry with kitchen paper. Coat both the outside and the inside of the chicken first with olive oil and then with your favorite BBQ rub for chicken. Also try to rub the chicken under the skin by loosening the skin of the chicken carefully. BBQ rubs are available in countless variants, but you can of course also make your own spice mixture. Let the chicken marinate for at least an hour, so that all the flavors can absorb.
  • Now it is time to prepare the BBQ for indirect grilling at a temperature of about 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit). How you place the Beer Can Chicken in your BBQ is a bit depending on the type of grill you have. In a small Weber Kettle for example the chicken is placed on the charcoal grid, otherwise the lid won’t close. In a large kamado you don’t have this problem and you can use the heat deflector to create indirect heat.
  • Now open the can of beer and pour out about half of the beer. You can of course drink this. I wouldn’t suggest to just throw it away.
  • Is the BBQ at the right temperature? Then add the smoking wood to the hot charcoal and place the Beer Can Chicken on the BBQ. Do you have a core thermometer with a wired or wireless probe? Put it in the breast of the chicken and close the BBQ with the lid.
  • Now the chicken can cook in the BBQ for about 1.5 hours. Regularly check the temperature of the BBQ and also regularly check the core temperature. This way you are sure that you do not overcook the chicken and thus get a deliciously tender result.
  • When the breast of the chicken has reached a core temperature of 74 degrees Celsius (165 Fahrenheit) the chicken can be removed from the BBQ. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes first, so that the juices can redistribute over the chicken. Then slice the chicken with a sharp knife and enjoy your delicious tender Beer Can Chicken.

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