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Mangia Mondays:: Beer Can Chicken

Hey there! How was your weekend? I hope you had a chance to enjoy the summer sunshine! The summer is flying by – here we are at Mangia Mondays again and I feel like I was just writing about 4th of July cupcakes!

If you’re new to Mangia Mondays, it’s a blog hop I co-host with my friend, the fantastic chef Kristin of Delightfully Dowling. Have you ever checked out her blog?? I highly recommend it for all you foodies…’s so much fun!

Do you love to grill? Despite the cold and snowy winters in Massachusetts, we grill year round {we shovel a path to the grill in the winter!}, and come summer we cook outside almost every day. We have both a gas and charcoal grille side by side on our deck. Mark has been perfecting his Beer Can Chicken skills and makes the most delicious and juicy bird this way.

We doubled this recipe to feed our family of 5 and have leftovers for chicken sandwiches the next day.

Mark’s Beer Can Chicken

  • 1 (approximately 4-pound) whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons dry rub (recipe to follow)
  • 1 can beer (we use a plain old Budweiser)
  • Barbecue sauce for serving (for store-bought we like Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce)
Dry Rub: 
{Store the excess rub in an airtight containter}
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


Remove neck and giblets from chicken and discard; rinse chicken inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels. Rub chicken lightly with oil. Using your fingers, coat inside and outside the chicken with the dry rub. 
Open beer can and pour out (or drink!) half the contents. Place the bird cavity over the half-filled beer can. Transfer the chicken to the center of your grill.
{I know!!! They look so funny. The kids get the biggest kick out of this!}
Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat with the grill cover on, for 1 – 1.5  hours or until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F in the breast area and 180 degrees F in the thigh, or until the thigh juice runs clear. Remove from grill, tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve with barbecue sauce on the side.

If you haven’t made a beer-can chicken before – I highly recommend it for the fun factor and for the juicy and flavorful meat it produces!

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Meg {henninglove}

Thursday 14th of July 2011

hi lisa those chickens look delicious! i love beer can chicken, and i am your newest follower :-) meg

A Pretty Life

Thursday 14th of July 2011

Gosh , I kind of forgot about these! I know what we are cooking Sunday ! Thanks for the recipe.Have a PRETTY day!Kristin

Privet and Holly

Tuesday 12th of July 2011

YUM. I needto get my acttogether and make this, justfor the leftovers,which would begreat for thesecrazy have-to-be-at-the-ballfield-by-5:30-nights!!xx Suzanne


Tuesday 12th of July 2011

Your recipe sounds delicious! I am looking forward to checking out more from your link party! Thanks for stopping by with your sweet comments. We do have a great time with family at the beach. I think my kids are really enjoying spending time with relatives too!Enjoy your day!-Shelley

natasha {schue love}

Monday 11th of July 2011

I've always wanted to try this...need to do it soon!