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Garlic-Lemon Beer Can Chicken


This beer can chicken has a fantastic garlic and lemon flavor. Remember, you can use the beer can or you can use a glass jar to hold the liquid. In either case the jar or can needs to remain at least 1/3 full.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 to 6


  • 1 whole chicken (4-5 pounds)
  • 1 12 ounce can beer
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • For Rub:
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


Combine all rub ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Set aside. Wash and remove giblets and the neck from chicken. Pat dry. Rub chicken with half of garlic, half of lemon, and olive oil. Apply some of the rub onto chicken. Open can of beer and discard half of it. Place remaining rub into the can. Make sure to pierce two more holes on the top of beer can. Place chicken on top of can. Preheat grill. Place birds grill balanced by the beer cans. Grill over indirect medium heat for 2 hours, or until internal temperature of thigh is 180 degrees F. Remove chicken when finished cooking and let sit (with beer can still intact), for 10 minutes before carving.
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