Coffee BBQ Beer Can Chicken

One of the things I love most about my husband is how thoughtful he is. I always feel loved; sometimes its a random text to let me know he is thinking of me, or a picture of Lola doing something hilarious. Because, let’s face it, everything she does is hilarious. You are obsessed with your pets too, right? The conversations throughout the day, coupled with his amazing sense of humor, make me feel so lucky to have found a compatible partner to tackle life with. <3

Okay, enough of the sentimental stuff…the point is he is thoughtful. When I got home from work last Wednesday, totally psyched about the long holiday weekend, he had a surprise waiting for me:


A chicken roaster. Okay, I admit most people wouldn’t get excited over such a small item, but I’m a food blogger/complete dork so I was SUPER excited about this surprise. Beer can chicken has been a Pinterest sensation for the past year (probably longer) and I am, once again, a little late to the party. In this case I say better late than never! Beer can chicken is amazing! Completely low maintenance, can be spiced a million different ways, and tastes outta-this-world delicious! It reminds me of a rotisserie chicken with all that crispy skin; absolutely irresistible! I made this for our 4th of July BBQ and haven’t stopped thinking about it since.


I spiced the chicken with a coffee and BBQ spice rub that I found at, you guessed it, Trader Joe’s. I should really try to get a sponsorship for this blog since I use so many of their products. Or buy stock in the company…do they have stocks? Anyway, for the time being I will continue to gush about their products because they are awesome and affordable, and because I have them in my pantry at all times. :) 

Once the chicken is covered with spice rub it is placed on top of a beer can and cooked over indirect heat on the grill. (Summer bonus: no heat in the kitchen) We have a three burner grill; I turned on the far left and the far right burners to medium-low heat and kept the middle burner completely off. The temperature ranged from 325-350 degrees F which produced  moist, juicy meat and an evenly crisp skin. Any plain or amber beer would work well for this recipe; I love that craft brewers are packaging their beer in cans now! We are kinda beer snobs. Okay, we are beer snobs. 


  • 1 roaster chicken (about 3-4 lb.)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp. BBQ rub (your favorite blend)
  • 1 (12 oz.) can beer; I used an amber ale

Begin with a clean chicken (remove any giblets/organs on the inside and discard).


Rub the chicken with olive oil and spice rub; don’t forget to put a little spice rub underneath the skin, too. Add some of the spice rub to the cavity of the chicken to help the flavors permeate the meat. Place the chicken in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Marinating is not necessary, but it does allow the meat to begin soaking up some of the flavors. Turn on left/right burners of a gas grill and leave the middle burner off.


Open the can of beer, drink (or pour out) 1/4 of it, and punch a few extra holes in the top to help it vent. Bet you won’t throw away the beer! 😉 


Place the beer can in the roaster and then place the chicken cavity over the can of beer (as far down as possible). If you do not have a roaster rack you can put the chicken cavity on the beer can and use the legs of the chicken to create a tripod for stability on the grill (disclaimer: I have not tried this yet). I covered a baking dish with tinfoil and placed the roaster/chicken on top of that for easier removal from the grill. In hindsight I think this was an excellent idea!


Place the chicken in the middle of the grill (where the burner is off) and close the lid. Add a thermometer in the thigh to check the temp of the meat as it cooks, if desired. Close the lid of the grill and cook for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until the chicken is completely cooked through.


Remove from the grill and allow the chicken to rest for 10-15 minutes and then carve it up! My goodness, that looks delicious!


The chicken was literally falling off the bone it was so tender. Arrange on a pretty serving platter and dig in! I see many more beer can chickens in my future, enjoy!

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