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Beer can Chicken

Close up of a cooked chicken sitting on a beer can inside a aluminum tray

Beer can chicken is a lot of fun, something that you might do for a dinner party with friends, or while camping. Or perhaps just because you want a reason to open a beer – LOL

I don’t really drink much in the way of beer, but in the really warm weather, it’s a great thirst quencher. There are so many to choose from these days and with hubby being a beer maker and competition winner a few years back, well, I have to taste test them all.  😉

Classes if you are local (Melbourne) or Zooms from anywhere 🙂

A steel beer can is preferred, as its a little heavier and thus better suited to support the chicken.

Beer can Chicken in a vertical gas oven
Vertical gas oven

Cooking is low and slow, with actual cooking time depending on both the temperature (which can be a little hard to control in a Webber or other BBQ oven) and the size of the chicken. As a guide, we tried a few different chicken sizes, 1.2KG to 1.8KG, with cook times varying between 2 and 3 hours.

Chef Bec standing in front of 3 beer can chickens straight from the oven
Beer can Chicken – 3 at Once!

The beer can (and chicken legs) support the chicken in an upright position. The beer/butter mix, and basting provide lots of moisture, so the cooking time is not too critical. Don’t think this chicken isn’t cooked because it is pink; it is beautifully cooked and moist.

Beer can Chicken being dismembered
Beer can Chicken being dismembered

Served up with a few simple vegetables, it makes for a tasty (and fun) dinner.

Beer can Chicken - as a meal with vegetables
As a meal with vegetables
Chef Bec standing in front of 3 beer can chickens straight from the oven

Beer Can Chicken

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Beer can Chicken is lots of fun. The chicken tends to be moist, and is reasonably forgiving on cook times.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Course Dinner
Cuisine Australian
Servings 4
Method Conventional

Equipment

  • An oven (kitchen, Webber or BBQ)

Ingredients
  

  • 180 g butter
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 10 g salt
  • 15 g paprika sweet or smoked
  • 1 tsp pepper to taste
  • 1 can beer 375 ml (steel can preferred)
  • 1.5 kg whole chicken

Instructions
 

  • Preheat a Webber, BBQ oven (or oven a kitchen oven) for low heat of around 150 c.
  • In a small pan, gently melt 180 g butter.Mix in 1 tablespoon garlic salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the paprika, pepper, salt and garlic (which should be crushed and finely chopped)
  • Discard (or drink) 1/2 the beer, leaving the remainder in the can. Add some of the melted seasoned butter to the can so that its about half and inch from being full.
  • Place the can on a disposable baking tray.
  • Set the chicken on the can; inserting the can into the cavity of the chicken.
  • Baste the chicken with some of the remainder of the melted, seasoned butter.
  • Place the baking tray with the beer/chicken in the oven, and cook for 2-3 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 80 degrees °C. I suggest a temperature probe inserted into the chicken (in a thick part of flesh, making sure you don’t hit the can).
  • Baste again once or twice during the cook.

Notes

You can also use smoking chips, as a great way to get a deep smoky flavour and deep mahogany colour.

Want to know more?

Here is a blog post for perfect roast vegetables

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