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This master recipe for beer-can chicken is a showstopper that will dazzle your family and friends.

Moe's Beer Can Chicken

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken
Servings: 2 People


Spice Rub

  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground celery seed
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • ½ cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Beer Can Chicken

  • 2 bay leaves crumbled
  • 1 can beer 12 ounce can
  • 1 whole chicken


  • Poke holes all over chicken to let fat run out during cooking.
  • Rub chicken thoroughly with spice rub: inside and out, and then under skin as far as you can reach
  • Set aside chicken.
  • Remove upper racks from oven.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • When oven preheated, take a healthy drink of the beer, leaving about 9 or 10 ounces.
  • Crumble bay leaves into beer, in beer can.
  • Insert beer can firmly into chicken cavity.
  • Place chicken upright in shallow heatproof pan.
  • Bake chicken upright until thickest part is 165°F , an hour or an hour and a half.
  • When removing chicken from oven, keep upright.
  • Rest chicken upright 15 minutes before removing beer can.


A disposable drip pan will save you a lot of cleanup (and a lot of flares on the outdoor grill). This is really best on a charcoal grill, on medium heat.
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