Making Beer Can Chicken

I made beer can chicken on propane barby yesterday. It was very moist and tender however the taste was the same as regular chicken without the beer. Any tips for the next time?

Sharon L Martin from Canada

August 12, 20060 found this helpful

You can put your favorite seasonings inside the beer...I am big on italian seasoning and some garlic; or you can throw in a spicy red pepper base. Rub some on the outside of the bird, also, so the flavor is all over.

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August 14, 20060 found this helpful

Did you season it? Put a onion or apple in the neck? These make the favor! I like to spray it and roll in Pappy's seasoning, Butter garlic/pepper, teriaki & pineapple is great too. There are many more to try.

Jennifer CA

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August 15, 20060 found this helpful

I don't think the beer actually does any flavoring so you'll have to toss on whatever you want for seasoning. As far as I recall, the beer acts more as a tenderizer and makes the chicken really moist. You'll want a rub mixed with a little olive oil and slathered all over the chicken. You can either use a premade rub mix such as McCormick Grillmates, or Mrs. Dash blends or better yet, frugally mix up your own version. Here's one I really like for roasting that will work:

Sticky Chicken Seasoning

4 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon white pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix together with a little olive oil to make a thick paste and rub away!



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August 15, 20060 found this helpful

I fill the neck with garlic and then season the outside with salt pepper and any other spices I like. I do taste the beer I baste the chicken while it cooks with the juice that drips into the pan, I also leave more beer in the can than most instructions say.

Hope this helps

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August 20, 20060 found this helpful

My sister in law said this was the best chicken she ever tasted..all I did was to season my beer can chicken with:

equal amounts (I used 1 Tbs each) of:


black pepper


brown sugar

First rub the chicken in olive oil and then pack the rub on. Can't get easier than that!!

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