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Beer Butt Chicken

"A whole chicken is seasoned and slowly cooked on the grill. This is a bit unorthodox, but the end result is moist, flavorful, and amazing. All you'll need is some chicken, butter, beer, and seasonings."
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4 h servings 514 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 514 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 40.3 g
  • 62%
  • Carbs:
  • 3g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 31.4 g
  • 63%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 158 mg
  • 53%
  • Sodium:
  • 1618 mg
  • 65%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for low heat.
  2. In a small skillet, melt 1/2 cup butter. Mix in 1 tablespoon garlic salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, salt, and pepper.
  3. Discard 1/2 the beer, leaving the remainder in the can. Add remaining butter, garlic salt, paprika, and desired amount of salt and pepper to beer can. Place can on a disposable baking sheet. Set chicken on can, inserting can into the cavity of the chicken. Baste chicken with the melted, seasoned butter.
  4. Place baking sheet with beer and chicken on the prepared grill. Cook over low heat for about 3 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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I have made a version of this recipe for several years and have some suggestions, mix 6 tablespoons McCormick Ckicken seasoning with 1 tablespoon garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, Accen...

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Ok it was different, but just not to my taste. I did it twice to be sure I hadn't done it wrong the first time. I can get a crispy-skinned tastier chicken roasting it the traditional way. And ha...

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I have made a version of this recipe for several years and have some suggestions, mix 6 tablespoons McCormick Ckicken seasoning with 1 tablespoon garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, Accen...

Gotta love this recipe. I have made this quite a few times on the grill AND in the oven (350 degress for about 1 1/2 hours). There are stands "chickcan rack" on the market that make this quite e...

MAAAVELOUS DAHLING!!! Make SURE you don't overcook this baby (devastating!!!) Guaranteed to be the most delicious chicken you've ever tasted! Also most of the fun of this is DRINKING HALF THE ...

The first time I tried this - I did it on the grill. I have a very small grill and did not realize it should be covered. I could not do it on my grill because I could not close the lid - The chi...

Ok! Here's the trick to getting the can off/out of the bird. Spray the beer can top and sides (Not bottom) with non-stick cooking spray before placing the chicken on it. The can simply slides...

This is one fantastic chicken recipe... it comes out extremely moist and flavorful. Have done this recipe many different ways. You can use half a can of ginger ale if you're out of beer. I usual...

I have made this a number of times over the years and this is my favorite way to prepare grilled chicken. Few words of advice: invest in a beer butt chicken holder (makes it much more stable an...

This is incredible! My 18" Weber was too small, so I cooked it indoors at 350 for about 1-1 1/2 hours. Also, I didn't have beer handy, so I used an empty Coke can that I filled half-way up wit...

We've been doing this method for a while on a gas grill -and with superb results each time. We have tried garlic and herb spices, lemon pepper, BBQ, blackening seasoning, you name it we've trie...