Beer Can Chicken

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Fourth of July Weekend. The ultimate escape from the slavery of internships as well as a chance to get away from your GDI family for a weekend. You and about twenty of your friends rented out a lake house meant for eight people to take it easy and relax for the weekend.

Well that’s a little bit of a lie, since you’ve already stocked up on Budweiser 30s, Sam Adam’s summer ale, and enough Jack Daniels to kill an entire freshman dorm. July 4th is for celebrating America’s independence just like our forefathers intended…getting hammered and playing Springsteen on repeat.

Everyone know Eggs Benedict is off the menu for any American celebration, so we must look to our other founding fathers for advice on what to eat halfway through our patriotic bender. As Benjamin “Electric Daddy” Franklin once said “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy…so ram a brewski up a chicken’s ass.” No lie, that’s a direct quote from the HIST253…also known as quotes from obviously drunk Americans.

Beer Can Chicken is catching on as a new grilling favorite and there’s nothing more American than cooking with beer. The beer evaporates into the chicken, giving it extra flavor and ensuring that the meat is nice and moist. Best part is, this recipe is mostly hands off and will allow you to drink pretty much the whole time it’s cooking. So kick back, throw the chicken on the grill, and crush a couple Bud Heavys for your boy George Washington. Freedom tastes great in excessive quantities.


1 whole chicken
2 Tablespoons of oil
1 Tablespoon of paprika
1 Tablespoon of garlic powder
1 Tablespoon of onion powder
2 teaspoons of cayenne powder
2 teaspoons of chili powder
1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1 can of beer


1. Coat the chicken in the oil. Make sure to rub the oil all over the chicken, so the skin will cook nicely and become crispy.

2. Combine all of the spices in a bowl. After combined rub the spices onto the chicken. Apply as much as desired.

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3. Pour half of the beer into a glass or just chug half of it from the can. Cut the top off of a can of beer with a swiss army knife. Or a real knife. Have the most sober person do this. Trust me.

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4. Stand the can up and carefully insert into the bottom cavity of the chicken in between the legs. Insert your own sexual references.

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1. Heat the grill up to medium-high heat, around 375 degrees.

2. Carefully stand the chicken up on the grill, then cover.

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3. Let cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Do not open the grill until the time has elapsed. I know it will be tempting, but just resist and play drinking games instead.

4. Remove the chicken from the grill carefully. Remove the beer can with tongs, since it will be very hot. Let the chicken sit for 10 minutes.

5. Carve that bird up, here’s a video below on how to cut a full chicken.



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