Look for a whole chicken weighing 3 lbs.;
if larger, you may have trouble fitting
this tasty bird in your oven...
Serves (6)
Prep: 10 min |
Roast: 1 hour 10 min.

Posted by Sandra


1 (3 lb.) whole, free-range organic chicken

1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
--reserve 1 tablespoon for glaze

1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce (or your preferred hot sauce)
1 tablespoon reserved rub

***Beer and spice 
1 (12 oz. can) of your favorite beer
2 bay leaves


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and rearrange rack to lower shelf of oven.

Combine all the spice rub ingredients with a whisk in a small bowl, and reserve 1 tablespoon for the glaze, and set aside.

Combine all the glaze ingredients in a separate small bowl, including the 1 tablespoon of reserved spice rub, and set aside.

Remove (or drink) 1 cup of beer from can, then crumble and add 2 bay leaves to can. Punch a few additional holes on the top of can, and set aside.

Remove the giblets and neck from chicken, and use them to make gravy after simmering, or freeze for making stock later on.

Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels; removing any visible excess fat. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breasts and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing some spice rub between skin and meat. Massage the remaining spice rub over the skin and inside the cavities. Poke the skin all over with a sharp knife. Tuck the wings under the chicken. Holding chicken upright with the body cavity facing down, insert the beer can into cavity. Place the chicken in a roasting pan, and spread front legs forward to form a tripod to support the chicken upright (see photo). Brush with ¾ of glaze mixture, tent with tin foil, and bake for 40 minutes.
Dinner plated...

Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees, remove foil from chicken (save foil to tent while resting), brush with remaining glaze, and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the middle of the meaty part of thigh (not touching bone) registers 170 degrees.

Let chicken stand loosely tented with reserved foil for 10 minutes. Using tongs; twist, remove, and toss beer can. Place the roasted chicken on a cutting board, carve, and serve – Enjoy!


Tip: I served this with smashed red potatoes, chicken giblet gravy, roasted asparagus, and Ménage à Trois California red wine.

1 comment:

sandra said...

I created this Roasted Beer-Can Chicken recipe for our post-Christmas dinner last night (12-26-2010) - it turned out fabulous!


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