Beer Can Chicken

With this recipe, your chicken and you both get to enjoy a day of grilling and beer!

1 Hour
2-4 Hours


  •  spray bottle 
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) balsamic vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil 
  • 1 cup (240 ml) apple cider 
  • 1 can (12 oz) beer 
  • 1 whole (4-5 lbs) chicken 
  •  your favorite chicken rub 



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Step 1

Set the EGG for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 375°F/190°C.

Step 2

Apply your favorite rub all over the chicken, even inside the cavity. Work the mixture gently into the skin and under the skin wherever possible. Cover the chicken and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Pour half of the beer into the spray bottle. Add the apple cider, olive oil, and vinegar and set aside. Slide the chicken down over the can.

Step 4

Place the chicken, still on the Roaster, on the grid and close the lid of the EGG. Cook, using the spray bottle to baste the chicken once or twice, for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is just beginning to brown all over. Carefully lift the chicken (still on the Roaster) into the Drip Pan and close the lid of the EGG. Cook, spraying the chicken with the basting spray several times, for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 170°F/76°C and the chicken is a mahogany brown color. Using barbecue mitts remove the chicken and present it on the Roaster to your guests. After they have reacted appropriately, remove the chicken from the Roaster. Be careful: The can and the liquid inside are very hot.

Step 5

Spray the chicken once more with the basting spray, cover with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes. Carve and serve.

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