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Barbecue Beer Can Chicken

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for 4 servings

Spice Rub

  • ⅓ cup brown sugar (75 g)
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  • 5 lb whole chicken (2 ¼ kg), 1 whole chicken, gizzards removed
  • 1 can beer
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce (145 g)

Nutrition Info

    Calories 1357
    Fat 84g
    Carbs 33g
    Fiber 1g
    Sugar 23g
    Protein 97g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. In a medium bowl, add the brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard powder, smoked paprika, pepper, tarragon, and salt and stir to combine. Use half of the spice rub to season the entire chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Preheat the grill to 350°F (190°C).
  3. Remove the chicken from the fridge and season with the remaining spice rub. our out half the can of beer. Place the half-filled can in the chicken cavity and stand it upright.
  4. Grill the chicken over indirect heat for 30-40 minutes. Baste the chicken with barbecue sauce and cook for another 10-15 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
  5. Remove chicken from the grill and let rest for 15 minutes before carving.
  6. Enjoy!

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