Lee Harrelson
4 servings (serving size: 5 ounces meat and 1 tablespoon sauce)

Typically, beer-can chicken is prepared on the grill, but our oven version cooks in a fraction of the time. If you prefer grilling, place the bird over indirect heat for about two hours or until a thermometer registers 170°. The flavorful meat makes a tasty barbecue sandwich with pickle chips and onion slices.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken; trim excess fat. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breasts and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat.

Step 3

Combine ketchup and next 7 ingredients (through garlic) in a bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup ketchup mixture; rub remaining ketchup mixture under loosened skin and over breasts and drumsticks. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under chicken.

Step 4

Discard 1/2 cup beer. Add barbecue smoked seasoning to can. Holding chicken upright with the body cavity facing down, insert beer can into cavity. Place the chicken in a roasting pan, and spread legs out to form a tripod to support the chicken. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes.

Step 5

Increase oven temperature to 450°, and bake an additional 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the meaty part of thigh registers 170°. Lift chicken slightly using tongs; place spatula under can. Carefully lift chicken and can; place on a cutting board. Let stand 15 minutes. Gently lift chicken using tongs or insulated rubber gloves; carefully twist can and remove from cavity.

Step 6

Remove skin from chicken; discard. Carve chicken, and serve with reserved 1/4 cup sauce.

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Ratings & Reviews


June 03, 2015
I agree with the other reviewer. This was bland and too much work for a dish that wasn't tasty.

seaside725's Review

March 26, 2014
I found this to be a lot of work for a little taste. The BBQ sauce was nothing special and I probably could have gotten a cooked chicken and added the sauce with a lot less prepping time.

dmig66's Review

February 17, 2013
Great recipe. Just make sure you get the right sized bird or your cooking time will be way off. The barbeque sauce was excellent.

spiceychicken's Review

June 08, 2012