Monday, July 23, 2012

Simple Beer Can Chicken

Have I mentioned how much I love a good roasted chicken?  I may have mentioned it here or here or maybe here and possibly here.  I really do love a good juicy roast chicken.  We made our first Beer Can Roast Chicken on Mothers Day and loved it so much we made it again last night.  The first time we roasted the chicken in the oven and the second time we made it on the grill.  Both were delicious - but I preferred the chicken roasted in the oven - that's just how I like my chicken I guess!  It is amazing how juicy the beer makes the chicken (the oven roasted, for some reason, was much juicier than the grilled chicken.)  I was also surprised that such a simple rub was able to add so much flavor to this dish.  Like I said we made this twice and we did not mess with the seasoning the second time because we knew it was simple and perfect the way it was.  I apologize for the strange perched chicken picture but let's face it - there really is no attractive way to photograph a chicken plopped on top a beer can....enjoy!!

recipe from SimplyRecipes
What you need:
1 4-pound whole chicken
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 opened, half-full can of beer, room temperature
1 Tbsp of kosher salt
2 Tbsp of chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 Tbsp dried thyme
1 Tbsp black pepper

What you do:
Open beer and drink half.
Remove neck and giblets from cavity of chicken, if the chicken came with them. Rub the chicken all over with olive oil. INa  small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, and thyme then sprinkle it all over the chicken. 
Place chicken on an open half-filled can of beer, sitting up, in a roasting pan on the lower rack of your oven. Roast at 350°F until done (about an hour fifteen minutes to an hour and a half for a 4 lb chicken).
Let chicken rest 10 minutes before serving.


  1. Yummy! Beer can chicken is sooooo flavorful. And you're right... there isn't an artistic way to take a photo of something situated on a beer can!

    But it looks juicy and delicious!

    Quiet Luxury

  2. I'm doing it my way...yeah, not on the grill to get dried out due to my hubbys less than watchful eye (drinking beer 'cuz you can't just buy one beer honey!)..he does cook good on the grill but I like to do it and say "I did it my way..."

  3. You're so inspirational Danielle! Every time I visit your blog I am inspired to make your dish. Love roasted chicken too but I usually buy it already roasted. My kids and hubby love it too, so I definitely will have to try this.
    Also, grilled corn with mayo in one of your prev. posts lookes great too.

  4. p.s.
    Pinning both recipes to my pinterest ;)

  5. I've been wanting to do this for a while, thanks for letting me know how! I've never roasted a chicken before, but this seems easy enough!!


  6. I've heard really good things about beer can chicken before and find the concept to be so fascinating! IT must make the chicken so juicy.

  7. i love beer can chicken but have never tried making it myself at home - must change that soon, because this looks + sounds great!

  8. My father in law and I were JUST talking about beer can chicken the other night. Something I haven't tried but want to. Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party.

  9. I've always wondered how a recipe like this would turn out. It looks really good. I might just have to give it a go...

  10. This looks delicious! I also love beer can chicken but haven't tried it with this rub. Thank you so much for sharing! I am pinning this!

  11. Hi Danielle,
    Your Beer Can Chicken looks delicious and is a great summertime recipe. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. I have to make it for my hubby, he'll love the idea and the taste for sure.
    Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today?

  13. Looks so good. What a great blog you have makes me hungry lol. If you have a min check out mine if you have not already :)

    have a great day

  14. I've always wanted to try this, but it looks so intimidating with the whole chicken! I'm also kinda grossed out by making it myself, but I know the end result is good :)


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