Pale Ale Beer Can Chicken

Published on August 8th 2022 by SNBC
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1.5 hrs

Prepped with a tasty spice rub and cooked atop a half-can of Pale Ale, this chicken emerges tender, juicy and rich with flavor. Carve it up and grab another cold one.

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  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 3 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, stems removed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 can Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

  • 3.5- to 4-pound whole chicken

Step 1

Prepare a grill for medium-high indirect heat. Mix dry rub ingredients in a small bowl.

Step 2

Pat chicken dry inside and out. Season chicken with the spice rub, all over the surface and inside the cavity.

Step 3

Open and drink half of your Pale Ale. Fit the whole chicken over the can of beer, and carefully place upright chicken on the preheated grill.

Step 4

Cover and cook for 1 to 1.5 hours, until fully done and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 165°F. Let rest for 10 minutes, then carve and serve.



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