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Beer Can Chicken

BS' in the Kitchen
Beer Can Chicken is a summer barbecue staple, but for this recipe, we switch it up a bit, using lemon ice tea, and a ton of fresh herbs for some fresh summer flavours.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine North American
Servings 4


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 can of beer or soda
  • 7-9 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 handful of parsley + more for garnish
  • 1 handful lemon balm
  • 1 handful of chives + more for garnish
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 6 cloves of garlic chopped
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Take chicken out of fridge about an hour before grilling.
  • Once chicken has been out for an hour, turn barbecue on to high heat.
  • While your barbecue is preheating, begin preparing the herb rub.
  • In a mortar and pestle, add thyme leaves from 5-7 sprigs, parsley, lemon balm, chives, lemon zest, 4 cloves of chopped garlic, a couple pinches of coarse salt, and a few pinches of freshly ground pepper.
  • Grind with pestle until herbs begin to combine, then add olive oil, continuing to grind until herbs have broken down into a paste.
  • Add additional herbs to taste.
  • Rub your chicken with salt and pepper, then rub with herb mixture.
  • Drink half of your can of beer/soda, then place a couple sprigs of thyme into it, along with two cloves of mashed garlic into the can.
  • Place the chicken onto the can, on a barbecue safe baking tray, then place on the barbecue off heat. In my case, I ran the two side burners of my barbecue on medium-high heat, and placed the chicken in the middle of the barbecue with the middle burner turned off.
  • Barbecue until chicken breast reaches 165F and thigh registers 180F. The chicken will take about 15 minutes per pound.
  • Once chicken has finished, get someone to hold the can with tongs, and using oven gloves, pull the chicken off the can.
  • Allow to rest 10-15 minutes.
  • While chicken is resting, chop up a handful of fresh parsley and chives, combining and sprinkling over the chicken. Grate more lemon zest over the chicken.
  • Slice, serve and enjoy!