This BBQ Beer Can Chicken (also known as beer butt chicken) with Molasses Beer BBQ sauce is moist and juicy, making it the perfect Father's Day dinner. It's also Weight Watchers friendly @ 5 WW points on the blue plan!
Course dinner, main
Cuisine North American
Keyword barbecue, bbq, beer, beer can, chicken
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 1hour30minutes
Total Time 1hour40minutes
Author adapted from Weight Watchers Magazine, 2003
Open can of beer with can opener, pour half the beer into a container and reserve. Then place can into cavity of chicken as shown.
Place chicken 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.
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.
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📋 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 smart points for 2 tablespoon) depending on how much you use, as chicken is 0 points on the WW blue program, therefore I count 5 WW points per serving