Beer Can Chicken Recipe

The beauty of this chicken recipe is that the liquid in the beer can steams away inside making a delicious and super moist chicken. And once you learn the trick – you can do anything:  rosemary, thyme & lemon…5 spice powder…where ever your stomach takes you. 

Sam the Cooking Guy

Beer Can Chicken Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 90 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 -6

Beer Can Chicken Recipe


1 whole 3-5 pound chicken

1 can of beer

1/4 cup chili powder

2 tbs cumin

2 tbs oregano

2 tbs garlic powder

A big pinch of Kosher salt

Juice of 3 limes


  1. Pre-heat grill or oven to 375.
  2. Mix Chili Powder, Cumin, Oregano, Garlic Powder & Kosher Salt well in a small bowl.
  3. Pour out or drink about 1/2 of the beer and add about a 1/4 of the mixed seasoning to the beer can.
  4. To remaining dry seasonings, add lime juice and mix into a paste.
  5. Line baking sheet (for oven), or grill safe pan (for grill) with foil.
  6. Insert beer can into the large opening of the chicken (you know what I mean here) then place on sheet or grill pan.
  7. Rub seasoning paste on chicken to completely cover.
  8. Put chicken in oven or grill and cook for 1 1/2 hours - or until a thermometer reads about 160 in the breast.
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Sam Zien

is host of the TV show Sam the Cooking Guy, author of 3 cookbooks and a frequent guest in the Today Show kitchen. He’s also and proud of his “big in taste but small in effort” cooking style — “food that anyone can make,” he likes to say.

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