Garlic-Lemon Beer Can Chicken

Garlic-Lemon Beer Can Chicken
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
980 Calories
54g Fat
12g Carbs
103g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 980
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54g 69%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 321mg 107%
Sodium 1084mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 103g
Calcium 113mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.


  • 1 whole chicken (4 to 5 pounds/1.8 to 2.3 kilograms)
  • 1 (12-ounce/350 milliliters) can beer
  • 1 lemon (cut in half)
  • 1 head garlic (cut in half)
  • 1 tablespoon/15 milliliters olive oil
  • For the Rub:
  • 2 teaspoons/10 milliliters sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons/10 milliliters sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons/10 milliliters ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons/10 milliliters ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon/5 milliliters ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon/5 milliliters pepper (freshly ground)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine all rub ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.

  3. Wash and remove giblets and the neck (if applicable), from chicken. Pat dry inside and out with paper towels. Rub chicken with half of the garlic, half of the lemon, and olive oil. Apply a portion of the rub onto chicken inside and out. Make sure to get some of the rub under the breast skin. This will help to flavor the breast meat.

  4. Preheat grill.

  5. Open the can of beer and discard half of it. Place remaining rub into the can and gently swirl a few times to combine. Make sure to pierce two more holes on the top of the beer can to release steam during the cooking process.

  6. Place chicken on top of can making sure it is well supported.

  7. Place onto grill balanced by the beer can.

  8. Grill over indirect medium heat for 2 hours, or until the internal temperature of thigh is 180 F/82 C.

  9. Remove chicken (using heat resistant gloves) when finished cooking and let sit with the beer can still intact, for 10 minutes before carving. Gently remove beer can and discard. 

  10. Carve, serve and enjoy!


  • Most people make 2 to 3 birds at a time. Simply double or triple the recipe based on how many chickens will be used and follow the instructions as listed above.

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