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Beer Can Chicken on the BBQ

Beer Can Chicken (Dancing Chicken)

If you want an easy way to cook a delicious, tender, juicy chicken on the BBQ…then this recipe for Beer Can Chicken (Dancing Chicken) is it.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Poultry
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 104 kcal


  • 1 large 4 - 5 pound whole chicken
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons Rub recipe follows
  • 1 12 ounce can beer you choose
  • For the Rub:
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon crushed dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon crushed dried thyme
  • mix all together in a jar, shake until combined, store for up to six months


  • Set up the grill for indirect grilling at medium heat. If you have a thermometer on your grill, it should stay between 300°F and 325°F.
  • Remove giblets from the chicken and rinse it well under cold running water. Pat dry inside and out with paper towels. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the rub inside the cavity. Rub the outside of the chicken with the olive oil and then rub about 3 tablespoons of the rub all over its body. Tuck the wings behind the back of the chicken.
  • Pull the tab off the beer can and then using a "church key" opener, make 4 - 6 more holes. Pour (or drink) the top inch of beer; then spoon the remaining dry rub into the can. Holding the chicken upright, with the body cavity down, insert the beer can into the cavity of the chicken.
  • Stand the chicken up in the center of the hot grate, over a drip pan, spread the legs out to form a tripod to support the bird (or get the beer stand). Cover the grill and cook until fall off the bone tender, about 1 ½ to 2 hours.
  • Using tongs, remove the bird to a cutting board, being careful not to spill the hot beer on yourself. Let stand 5 minutes before carving.


Serving: 1gSodium: 1233mgFiber: 3gCholesterol: 13mgCalories: 104kcalPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 5gProtein: 5gCarbohydrates: 8g
Keyword BBQ, chicken beer can BBQ, dancing chicken
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