Easy drunken chicken

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Drunken chicken, or beer can chicken as many like to call it. If you want moist on the inside, crispy skin chicken this one is for you.


1 whole chicken

1 can of favorite beer

Favorite chicken rub




  1. Pre heat grill. For this you want an indirect heat set up , temp at around 350°F-375°F.
    For gas grills keep a couple burners off to one side. For charcoal set the coals to one side and leaving the other open.
  2. Generously rub down chicken with your favorite poultry rub. You could also inject if you wanted to. I like to pull the skin away from the breast and also rub the breast down with the rub also.
  3. Open beer can, you can poke extra holes in the top. I like to push the whole top open.
  4. Next place the chicken over the can and place it on the indirect heat side of the grill using the legs as extra support, like a tripod.
  5. Grill chicken for approximately 1 ½” hours or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. (165°F internal temp.)
  6. Once the ideal temperature is reached, remove from grill, remove the can and serve!


Additional Tips and Tricks

  • For extra crispy skin, rub the bird down with olive oil or avocado oil.
  • For extra flavor try drinking or discarding a portion of the beer and replacing with a marinade or seasonings to add a different flavor.
  • This also goes great on the smoker but remember to adjust cook time accordingly.