Recipe: Beer Can Chicken: The Ultimate Barbie


This method of cooking a chicken is incredible... whether you do it on a coal barbecue or in a hot oven like we did, the beer helps to keep the meat amazingly succulent. Served with a simple salad that can be thrown together in minutes. Just try to avoid smirking as you slip the carcass over the can! If you like this then we know you'll love the BBQ Chapter of our new e-cookbook. And best of all, it's free to download!


  • 1 medium-sized chicken
  • 1 can of your favourite beer
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 knobs of butter
  • 1 small bunch of thyme
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 bulb fennel
  • handful rocket leaves
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1 glug of olive oil
  • 1 pomegranate
make the marinade

Step 1

Make The Marinade

wash the chicken under cold water and pat dry with kitchen roll. crush the garlic. pour one third of the beer into a dish large enough to hold the chicken. combine the garlic, lemon juice, paprika and chilli powder, chuck into the dish and mix well.

marinate the chicken

Step 2

Marinate The Chicken

marinate the chicken in the mixture for a least an hour.

make the herb butter

Step 3

Make The Herb Butter

remove the thyme leaves from their stalks and chop roughly. mix with the butter.

stuff the chicken skin

Step 4

Stuff The Chicken Skin

brush the excess marinade off the chicken and push the herb butter underneath the skin. season the bird with salt and pepper.

push chicken onto the can

Step 5

Push Chicken Onto The Can

push the beer can (with remaining two thirds of beer in the can) into the chicken cavity so that it stands upright on the can.

cook the chicken

Step 6

Cook The Chicken

cook the chicken on the BBQ with the lid closed or in a preheated oven at 200°C for about 45 minutes or until the juices run clear. rest the chicken for 10 minutes before serving.

start the salad

Step 7

Start The Salad

peel the carrots and then use the peeler to cut long strips. slice the fennel finely and toss with the carrots and rocket.

make the dressing

Step 8

Make The Dressing

juice the orange and mix with a good glug of olive oil, salt and pepper.

dress the salad

Step 9

Dress The Salad

toss the vegetables with the dressing and top with pomegranate seeds.

serve up to your mates!

Step 10

Serve Up To Your Mates!

serve the rested chicken with the salad. serves 4

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