Prep Time
Prep time: 30 minutes
Prep Time
Cook time: 1 ½ hour
Prep Time
4 people
  • 1 whole chicken, 4 lbs
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons melted un-salted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons rosemary minced plus one stalk for the beer
  • the juice and zest of 1 oranges (reserve one of the remaining orange halves to plug the hole of the neck of the bird)
  • 1 can beer
  • Combine garlic, rosemary, orange zest, and orange juice. Mix well.

    Beer Can Chicken
    • Remove neck and giblets from chicken and discard.
    • Rinse chicken inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels.
    • Rub chicken lightly with salt, pepper. Set aside.
    • Using a brush, paint on the rosemary orange sauce generously all over the bird.
    • Reserve what is left for basting while the bird is cooking.
    • If the wings do not want to stay in place, you may want to tie them up so that they will not cook too fast.
    • Place the beer can on a solid surface, place the bird cavity over the beer can. Transfer the bird-on-a-can to your grill and place in the center of the grate, balancing the bird on its 2 legs and the can like a tripod.
    • Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat. Cover and cook, basting every 20 - 30 minutes, until the thigh juice runs clear when stabbed with a fork, approximately 1 ½ hour.
    • Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.
    Tip 01
    Tip 01
    To increase the flavor of the beer, add it as an ingredient in a marinade.
    Tip 02
    Tip 02
    Allow it to stand for 15 - 20 minutes before carving.
    Tip 03
    Tip 03
    Serve together with homemade sweet potato chips to make it even better.