Open can of beer with can opener, pour half the beer into a container and reserve. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
Then place whole chicken onto can and push can into the cavity of the chicken as shown.
Place chicken upright in a deep aluminum roaster pan and place onto grill. Close BBQ lid and cook for 45 minutes
Combine all BBQ sauce ingredients in sauce pan, the baste generously on chicken.
Allow chicken to cook for remaining 45 minutes. **Note: Total cooking time will vary, depending on the size of your chicken. You should use an instant read thermometer to ensure doneness of chicken (see Top tip)
Meanwhile, simmer the remaining BBQ sauce for 20 minutes, until reduced by half the volume.
Remove chicken from BBQ and slice. Serve chicken with remaining BBQ sauce, as desired.
*Note: Cooking Time: You'll need to keep the grill going for up to 1.5 hrs so make sure you have extra propane or are filled up**Note: Grill height: Your grill will need to be high enough that the lid can close over an upright chicken and test it before you light it
📋 BBQ Beer Can Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 470Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Vitamin A 545IU11%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*** It is very difficult to get a nutritional analysis with this recipe. This nutritional analysis was assumes that you use ALL the BBQ sauce and that it stays on the chicken. (My family only used about ⅓ of it for 4 of us and much bakes off in a 1.5 hr cooking period) The calorie count and fat content per portion is reduced by using less BBQ sauce as well. I would prefer not to use a nutritional analysis on this recipe, but google requires it if you want to show up in searches. ***** In terms of WW points, I calculate it like a regular BBQ sauce (most seem to be 3 WW points for 2 tbsp) depending on how much you use, as chicken is 0 points on my program, therefore I count 6 WW points per serving, assuming I consume about 4 tablespoon of Barbecue sauce.