Beer can chicken is one of those meals you can’t go without making each summer. It’s tender, flavorful, and falls right off the bone. Best of all, it’s easy and doesn’t cost a lot!
I got the whole chicken for under $5 at ALDI. The seasoning is McCormick’s Grill Mates Roasted Garlic and Herb. We use our Weber Poultry Roaster for his, but it’s certainly not necessary. Just stick a can of beer in the cavity of the bird, place on a solid surface (like a roasting pan) and you’re good to go!
- 1 4-lb. chicken, whole
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 3-4 Tbsp. McCormick Grill Mates Roasted Garlic & Herb (or other poultry spice)
- 1 can beer
- Rinse chicken inside and out, and pat dry. Rub the chicken with the olive oil, then rub with spices. Take a few swigs of beer (you don’t want it to be too full) and place the can in the cavity of the bird, and secure it on a flat surface (like on a roasting pan). Use the legs of the bird as a tripod, or support to keep it stable.
- Grill over medium-high heat for 1¼ – 1½ hours. Cover the grill for the first hour of cooking. After that, check the bird periodically to see if it has reached the internal temperature of 160-165 degrees. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Frugal Tips: When it comes to preparing a whole chicken, don’t throw ANYTHING away! You can use the drippings to make a flavorful chicken gravy. Add a little Wondra and whisk on the stove with a little water until it has thickened.
I also simmer the chicken carcass for about 60 minutes to make homemade chicken stock. Store them both in zippered containers for future use.