8 Best Beer Can Chicken Recipes

Beer can chicken on grill

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Beer can chicken is not only a great way to cook a whole chicken on the grill, but it's also a lot of fun to do. Sitting a whole chicken on top of an open beer can may seem a little bit weird, or even frivolous, but it's actually a genius recipe method for barbecuing a whole bird while keeping it moist, tender, and juicy. You can also add plenty of flavor to the meat using this method. Whether you like a smoky, mild, or spicy-tasting chicken, all you have to do is just switch up the spice rub you use to adjust the flavor.

That's the real secret of beer butt chicken—using a tasty and aromatic spice rub to season the outside of the bird while steaming the meat as it cooks over a flavorful beer. 

Not just any beer will do. Choosing the right beer for beer can chicken is key to a tasty result.