Beer Can Chicken

Dish type
Ready in
100 minutes


  • 1 can (12 ounce) Budweiser beer
  • 1 roasting chicken (4–5 pounds), preferably Amish, or organic
  • 3 tablespoons your favorite dry spice rub recipe divided, or kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil


Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1-1/2 hours
Ready in
100 minutes
  1. Prepare grill for indirect/medium heat cooking.
  2. Remove neck and giblets and rinse chicken inside and out, if desired; pat dry with paper towels. Coat chicken lightly with oil and season with 2 tablespoons dry rub. Set aside (Note: If you prefer a more classic roasted chicken flavor, omit the dry rub and use only kosher salt and black pepper.)
  3. Open beer can, pour out about 1/4-cup of the beer and make an extra hole in top of the can with church key can opener. Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of the dry rub inside beer can. Place vertical chicken roaster (such as the Grill Friends™ Chicken Sitter) or beer can in center of cooking grate and move legs apart so the body cavity slides over the top of the beer can. The chicken will appear to be sitting on the grate.
  4. Cook chicken for 1–1-1/2 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165°F in the breast area and 180°F in the thigh. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving. Note: When removing from grate, be careful not to spill contents of the vertical roaster or beer can, as it will be very hot.