Organic Beer Can Chicken

Organic Beer Can Chicken


I love cooking this chicken on a charcoal grill.  You can use a gas grill or cook in the oven if you like.  Cooking time should be between 1 to 2 hours depending on the size of your chicken and how hot your grill is.  Be careful not to spill the HOT beer and burn yourself!



1 Large Organic Whole Chicken

1/3 Cup Victoria’s Dry Rub or Your Favorite Spices

2 Fresh Limes

12 Garlic Cloves

4 Ounces Butter

1/2 Can of Beer


Wash and pat dry your whole chicken. Remove any giblets from the cavity.  Pour out half of the contents the beer.  You can drink it if you’re thirsty and don’t like to waste good beer!  Place the chicken over the half full beer can that you placed in the rack.  You can get these beer can chicken racks at hardware stores or online. These racks are about $5 in the hardware stores.  Williams Sonoma has one for $30 which is a bit much I think. Stuff the neck cavity with the 12 garlic cloves so that you seal in the vapors. Slice two limes and squeeze the lime juice all over the skin.  Mix your spices with the butter and smear all over the bird. Place on a prepared grill and cook, covered, for 1 to 2 hours.The juices should run clear.  Remove from the grill and transfer to a serving platter.  Let sit for 10 minutes and then serve.  The one that I made last night was incredibly moist and full of flavor.  Serves 4


If you cook in the oven place the chicken on the rack in a pie pan with a cup of water added to the pie pan.  Cook at 350° F for 1 to 2 hours.  Use a meat thermometer checking the thigh to make sure that the temperature reaches 180° F.  When done use tongs and a long fork to carefully transfer the entire rack in its upright position to a serving platter.  Let stand for 10 minutes.  Carefully remove the chicken from the rack. 


    Victoria has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a a young girl. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France. Victoria is published in Hearst Newspapers, Greenwich Free Press, New Canaanite, and more.

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