Beer Can Chicken ~ from "The Land of Pleasant Living"

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mackintosh REALTORS 82894
Besides picking crabs with Natty Boh, one of my favorite summertime things to grill is "Beer Can Chicken" aka "Beer Butt Chicken".
To start you will need a 4 or 5 lb whole chicken which is cooked upright with a can of beer as it's base. Natty Boh is my beer of choice here in "the land of pleasant living".
STEP 1: Using a 4 or 5 lb whole chicken remove neck and giblets from the cavity then  wash and pat dry.  Once dry, rub the bird down using about 2 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil. Keeping with the Maryland theme, I use Baltimore's McCormick Montreal chicken to season.
STEP 2: Pre heat the grill using medium- high heat.
Step 3: Lower chicken onto a half filled can of Natty Boh
Step 4: Place on grill , for a 4 to 5 lb bird cooking time runs 1 to 1 1/2 hour after an hour check the chicken with a meat thermometer and it will be done when it reads 160'F - 165'F. If you don't have a meat thermometer, the best way to tell if the bird is done, you will poke it deeply with a knife and if the juices run clear not pink you will know it is done.
While the chicken is dry roasting on the outside the inside is being cooked with beer steam keeping the meat deliciously moist. The end result is tender falling off the bone chicken with a crispy surface.
Step 5: Place the chicken on a tray and tent for 10  minutes with aluminum foil before carving. This will allow for the beer can and liquid inside to cool down. I usually take tongs to remove the can.
Wishing you a wonderful summer from the land of pleasant living. 

Comments (7)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Buzz, for sharing this recipe. I will schedule a reblog.

Jul 14, 2021 02:23 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Thanks for the reblog Roy Kelley !

Jul 15, 2021 07:48 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

My family loves when we grill beer can chicken.  We haven't done it in awhile.  I think it's time.

Jul 14, 2021 06:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Buzz- this is a wonderful way to keep chicken moist!!!  I have made something similar in the oven but need to try it on the grill. 

Jul 14, 2021 06:35 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Kathy Streib My wife got me a custom beer can bowl for X-Mas to cook chicken in the oven

Jul 16, 2021 08:43 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Buzz,  Thank you for sharing your beer can chicken recipe - sounds like a good one.  I think we will give this one a try this weekend.

Jul 14, 2021 07:53 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Buzz - I read about the trouble you had finding this post after initially publishing it so I am glad ActiveRain Member Support helped you bring it back.  Buzz, nice job with the post and ARMS thank you for the work you do behind and in front of the scenes.  Your efforts are appreciated.  

Jul 15, 2021 03:45 AM
ActiveRain Member Support

Thanks!  We try our best to help out the community.  Fortunately this was one of those times we could succeed.

Jul 15, 2021 04:47 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Thank you Michael Jacobs and ARMS for exterminating those gremlins !

Jul 15, 2021 07:01 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That sounds very simple and scrumptious. Thank you for the post!

Jul 15, 2021 05:28 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great job Buzz Mackintosh I like the concept how the beer steams from the inside

Jul 15, 2021 08:43 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

It is by far one of the best ways to cook a chicken for moist and tender meat.

Jul 15, 2021 11:02 AM