Beer Can Chicken Recipe

By Brian Lemay 89 comments


Danny Gonzalez

Mar 3, 2017, 4:57 pm Reply

Awesome bird

Matt Man88

Mar 3, 2017, 5:00 pm Reply

Did you guys brine this bird?

Benjamin Thomas Buckley

Mar 3, 2017, 5:07 pm Reply

Great video guys. Can't wait to make this myself!

Robert Mattingly

Mar 3, 2017, 5:08 pm Reply

Good video and I like that beer can contraption. Funny though, how beer can chicken was kind of a nice, cheap way to smoke a bird, but now we're complicating that with a $30 piece of equipment. haha Regardless, probably going to pick one of those things up. Great video Chef Tom, bird looks delicious.


Mar 3, 2017, 5:09 pm Reply

Would you ever consider doing a video on whole roast hog over a spit?

Sterile GT

Mar 3, 2017, 5:09 pm Reply

Chef Tom rocking Chance the Rapper's cap

Harold Holsappel

Mar 3, 2017, 5:09 pm Reply

The BBQ sauce ruins it… Those sauces have such an intense flavour, that you're not gonna taste the beer OR the rub. Shame.

Harvey Lewis

Mar 3, 2017, 5:11 pm Reply

Yoo I'm loving the chance cap

The Mark of Kain

Mar 3, 2017, 5:18 pm Reply

That fillable canister is really nice. Gonna have to get me one.


Mar 3, 2017, 5:21 pm Reply

Done a few beer can chickens but this makes me want to do another one. Good Video today

ali hafiz

Mar 3, 2017, 5:27 pm Reply

awesome video , but can I substitute the beer with vegetable or chicken broth ?

Fred Fraggle

Mar 3, 2017, 5:29 pm Reply

Love your beard! Best regards from Germany!

Chase Thayer

Mar 3, 2017, 5:35 pm Reply

@allthingsbbq do you guys have a brick and mortar establishment there in Wichita?
I'm in Tulsa but go up there all the time for work. would love to come try this food in person man!


Mar 3, 2017, 5:50 pm Reply

sweet tip with warming the beer first. I've always gotten uneven cooking when I do this so I started spatchcocking my chicken per your method. I'll definitely try this tip next time thanks

James Alexander Outdoors

Mar 3, 2017, 6:09 pm Reply

Thanks for all the videos and ideas!


Mar 3, 2017, 6:18 pm Reply

Lol, finding a way to make beer can chicken a little fancier with that contraption. Great vid as always


Mar 3, 2017, 6:27 pm Reply

You should do a smoked chuck roast for BBQ pulled beef


Mar 3, 2017, 6:59 pm Reply

I've never seen better looking chicken


Mar 3, 2017, 7:32 pm Reply

link the chicken stand. also can you show us a Making Bacon recipe? love all your work!

Ricky Garcia

Mar 3, 2017, 7:41 pm Reply

looks delicious can't wait to try this! @allthingsbbq

Mark Wood

Mar 3, 2017, 8:01 pm Reply

Yep, preheat the beer. Still like the ceramic sitters better, the ceramic bottom directly on the grill keeps the liquid boiling inside the chicken.

Retro Krempel

Mar 3, 2017, 8:31 pm Reply

a little tip: make a little bit Liquid (beer or apple juice) in the Stand. you can better clean the Stand and make a dip from the Liquid and fat mix from the Chicken


Mar 3, 2017, 8:40 pm Reply

hm, I've never rubbed beneath the skin. Good tip! Thanks.


Mar 3, 2017, 8:48 pm Reply

Great video as always. Do you guys ever bbg rotisserie?

Andrew Bond

Mar 3, 2017, 9:04 pm Reply

great video! quick question, how do you know which rubs taste good mixed together? and how do you know how much to mix?


Mar 3, 2017, 10:22 pm Reply

id eat the shit outa that bird

Jared perez

Mar 3, 2017, 11:36 pm Reply

Chance hat!

Andres Rivera

Mar 3, 2017, 12:04 am Reply

I see you with that Chance 3 hat boy
Respect !


Mar 3, 2017, 1:41 am Reply

I'm definitely trying out this recipe soon, I already have the Yardbird rub actually. Thank you for all of these awesome videos!!

Titan5 Point6

Mar 3, 2017, 2:14 am Reply

New flavor profile fo sho

Jay Bee

Mar 3, 2017, 2:21 am Reply

Where can I get one of those beer can chicken racks?

El Fantasma

Mar 3, 2017, 2:26 am Reply


John Mrazik

Mar 3, 2017, 3:49 am Reply

how to take the fun out of bbq

Jack Clothier

Mar 3, 2017, 5:54 am Reply

Chef Tom is the man! Love all the vids. He should come hang in Lawrence, KS. Great food scene up here

Hex Magnetik

Mar 3, 2017, 6:03 am Reply

hello, thanks for the awesome recipe! can you please tell me where to buy those nice gloves? thanks again!!

Brian Hamilton

Mar 3, 2017, 6:18 am Reply

Any adaptations necessary for a gas grill? Sadly I don't have access to charcoal or a smoker 🙁

Charlie Hustle

Mar 3, 2017, 5:03 pm Reply

Chef Tom, where can I get that beer can holder stand thing?

J Chong

Mar 3, 2017, 10:17 pm Reply

Chef Tom!
The bird looks so good.
Where can I get some of those rubs and sauces? Thanks

generic name

Mar 3, 2017, 6:23 am Reply

At which restaurant does chef tom cook, love to visit it someday

Carlos Tettamanzy

Mar 3, 2017, 4:36 pm Reply

I love this barbecue…greetings from south brazil


Mar 3, 2017, 7:58 pm Reply

32 oz crowler? Would've died if you attempted to put a crowler in the bird! I'm a huge craft beer snob so any more tips on how to cook with beer and beer pairings would be awesome for some n00bs watching.

Kenneth Bui

Mar 3, 2017, 8:18 pm Reply

Chance the Rapper hat, I love it!!!! Nice recipe man

Sean T

Mar 3, 2017, 10:50 pm Reply

Last beer can chicken I smoked I used a rub with more sugars to caramelize the skin but didn't really like the sweet with the chicken and I smoked it at 300°F, the skin wasn't crispy enough for my taste. Does smoking it at 350°F crisp it? or is it still on the softer side with a just a darker color?

C Potter

Mar 3, 2017, 3:37 am Reply

I love learning about the sauces and seasoning mixes you use. Maybe you could do some videos taking us on a tour of the sauces and seasonings you use sometime and how they match the flavor profiles you're aiming for.

Maxxy D

Mar 3, 2017, 4:23 am Reply

Thanks for making me hungry even though I just got home from lunch.

oopopp x

Mar 3, 2017, 4:58 am Reply

Beer Can Chicken is so overrated… lol…


Mar 3, 2017, 4:35 pm Reply

Appreciate all your vids and awesome recipes. You sold a YS640 – purchased this morning. Ive watched every video about the YS series at least a half dozen times but watching all your recipes turn out awesome is what finally sold me over others Ive been looking at. You've proven the YS to be a one stop shop for all methods of grilling/BBQ. I only hope my food turns out half as good as you make yours look. Thanks!

Jeff B

Mar 3, 2017, 1:03 am Reply

Love the videos guys!!! Would love to see your version of BBQ baked beans!!! Keep up the good videos!!!

Grilling with Grove

Mar 3, 2017, 3:07 am Reply

Question for you. At the end of the cook how much beer was left in the canister?

Panayiotis Myrianthopoulos

Mar 3, 2017, 10:01 pm Reply

What is the brand of your knives? Greetings from Cyprus man!! Really enjoying your videos!!

Ruthless Goat

Mar 3, 2017, 11:56 am Reply

All you do with this method is just waste a beer.


Mar 3, 2017, 5:43 pm Reply

allthingsbbq seriously needs a show on television! such great videos!


Mar 3, 2017, 7:10 am Reply

Would you ever consider cooking on a bbq/smoker grill like 'the good one' bbq grill? It's not an offset grill, yet you can smoke and grill steak at the same time. I'm very interested in this grill so I was wondering if that maybe you might have one on the way.

John Gotti

Mar 3, 2017, 2:11 pm Reply

MVP for the chance hat

Olatunji Guess

Mar 3, 2017, 6:07 pm Reply

Do u have a substitute for the beer… it's kinda hard to get that beer

Hot Rod

Mar 3, 2017, 11:34 pm Reply

Just finished watching about half of your vids today….excellent!  As someone who is seriously considering buying a YS640, I noticed on the majority of your cooks on the Yoder that you always use the top rack???  Can you explain why?

Toby Howard

Mar 3, 2017, 11:28 pm Reply

Awesome video! However, sauce on the side for me, I love the crispy skin. The sauce may make it soft.

C- Norm

Apr 4, 2017, 2:28 am Reply

where can I get one of those beer canisters with the stand/drip tray you have in the video.. ? thanx I Advance for the help


Apr 4, 2017, 12:30 am Reply

Why not low n slow at 225? Is it basically to crisp up the skin?

d cuba

May 5, 2017, 6:29 pm Reply

i would love to see you do some lamb ribs

Mark Hunt

Jun 6, 2017, 9:22 pm Reply

Awesome video! So glad I found your channel!

Steve Poandl

Jul 7, 2017, 6:32 pm Reply

I had to pause the video when I saw the awesome beer canister chicken holster…I want one


Jul 7, 2017, 7:03 am Reply

I lost respect for your channel watching you promote this horrible technique. The average person does not have a fancy holder like you use so they will be sticking an actual beer can up inside. The ink on the can is not food rated so all that great ink will be flavoring your chicken instead. The beer will not be getting hot enough to actually evaporate and flavor any part of the chicken. 90% of the can is in contact with the chicken so there will no flavor contact whatsoever. Save the beer and don't risk serving you loved ones food that will get them sick.

William Cotton

Aug 8, 2017, 6:55 pm Reply

What knife did you use in this video?

Dev M

Aug 8, 2017, 10:42 pm Reply

I need these rubs for my BBQ in the UK. Do they ship internationally?


Aug 8, 2017, 8:21 am Reply

He sounds like Zach Galifianakis

Crystal P

Sep 9, 2017, 7:35 pm Reply

Wow mind bomb! Thx Tom?

Crystal P

Sep 9, 2017, 7:39 pm Reply

You sir are a master bbq chief.

The Real Joey B

Oct 10, 2017, 11:56 pm Reply

I like to brine the chicken before sharing the beer with it. Fresh herbs from the garden are a nice touch too. Will have to try the lemon and perhaps lime and orange peel. Thanks for the heads up on warming the mixture as well!!

Manuel Döllerer

Oct 10, 2017, 1:21 pm Reply

I really really love your videos!!! Greetings from Austria 🙂

Ray Finkle

Nov 11, 2017, 7:27 pm Reply

Beer can chicken is a myth, kinda. Finished temp for chicken is 160-170 f. Boiling temp of water is 212 f. You will not get the evaporation and extra moisture if you don’t bring the beer to a boil before putting it in the chicken right before it goes on the grill. This isn’t a shit post, I love the channel.

Jared Baker

Dec 12, 2017, 7:47 pm Reply

Best bbq channel ever! haven't seen one thing that i don't like! except when you called the top attached tenderloin roast a chatubriand… but your still the shit Chef TOM

Christian Moreno

Jan 1, 2018, 9:23 pm Reply

How do I go about using a charcoal grill?


Jan 1, 2018, 10:51 am Reply

Jamican Bacon


Feb 2, 2018, 3:51 pm Reply

It’s cool and all but beercan chicken has been roundly debunked


Mar 3, 2018, 2:10 pm Reply

Great video! How do you prevent the breast from overcooking while the legs are still raw?


May 5, 2018, 2:25 pm Reply

what kind of gloves do you use to cook with? …is there a video on glove usage somewhere? lol

Danny Kay

Jun 6, 2018, 1:36 pm Reply

Indeed – great recipe! @Chef Tom: how do you reach internal temp of 165 in 2h? I tried on the big green egg, a 3.5 pound bird reached 170 in barely 40min! (Several thormometers poked at the thickest part of the breast, bird level temp 350, dome temp 390, deflector in place)


Aug 8, 2018, 2:38 pm Reply

Love the warm beer tip, definitely a must for BCC!

Kevin N

Sep 9, 2018, 8:35 pm Reply

I love to try different herbs with these beer can recipes. I have recently used a can of the Jim Beam cola with herbs added. Thanks for the video.

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Oct 10, 2018, 12:54 am Reply

"Girlfriend" sounds like a beer for women and ,ironically, gay niggas

Jeremy Hasselbacher

Nov 11, 2018, 6:28 pm Reply

I'm happy to see that he preheats the beer before putting the chicken on that is the most important step


Mar 3, 2019, 7:48 pm Reply

I have a lemon butter injection. Do you think that would work with this as well?


Mar 3, 2019, 5:27 pm Reply

Looks great. I have only done one and need to try another one. I like the idea of the lemon peel. Keep smokinig


Jul 7, 2019, 5:11 am Reply

That's looks Great!! I did my first beer can chicken today and it came out pretty good. My question is, how can I get the meat seasoned down to the bone?

Michael Quinn

Jul 7, 2019, 11:13 pm Reply

Seriously you smothered all those flavours with bbq sauce. 🤔

Michael Ward

Nov 11, 2019, 9:05 pm Reply

Slow burn bbq out of maryland. Very good

Michael Ward

Nov 11, 2019, 9:05 pm Reply

P&R farms slow burn and marylina Sooo good

Emily Sennwitz

Dec 12, 2019, 4:00 pm Reply

U stole this idea from van himself

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