Beer can BBQ roast chicken 12.02.2012

This makes a ludicrously moist and tasty chook with the added bonus of novelty chicken positioning.


  • 1 tbsp raw sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp smoked (or plain) paprika
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh garlic
  • just over 1 tbsp dried onion flakes
  • 1 tspn ground coriander
  • 1 tspn ground cumin
  • 1 tspn mustard powder
  • freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 large whole chicken
  • 1 can of beer (a standard size will do, but you can use a big one if you want)


You do need a BBQ with a lid for this one – the chook needs to stand up inside it.

Preheat a covered BBQ.

Combine the sugar, salt, paprika, garlic, onion flakes, spices and ground pepper with a little oil spray. Then rub the mixture all over the chicken.

Pour out half the beer and place the chicken on top of the can (pushing the can into the cavity).

Generously spray with oil and carefully place the chicken with the can upright on the BBQ. Close the lid and gently cook (turn the gas right down) for about 1-1¼ hours, spraying now and again with oil.

To check if ready, pierce the thighs with a fork – juices should run clear.

Easy (and tasty) as.

File under dinner bbq

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Comments on Beer can BBQ roast chicken

Jay on 12 February 2012:

“Pour out half the beer”

Hopefully you mean “Drink half the beer”! :)

Chris on 13 March 2012:

Something that Withail and I would have cooked, had they been able to afford a can of beer.

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