Badass Beer Can Chicken

Hi, my name is Lauren and I am a craft beeraholic. I love it. I will travel to the ends of the earth for a delicious, new brew. I will stop at nothing to incorporate good craft beer into all aspects of my life even if that means sticking it up a chickens butt and calling it dinner. That my friends is what has led me here today. I am here to share my infamous (among my family and friends) beer can chicken recipe.

Let me start out by saying that this is not just any beer can chicken we are talking about here. This chicken was raised from baby chick, to big fat hen, to my dinner plate by yours truly. Yes, at one point in my life I was an amateur chicken farmer. My boyfriend and I, being the penny pinchers and food conscience folk that we are, decided that we were tired of spending half our paychecks for organic, grass fed chicken at the supermarket. A few weeks later we had 100 baby chicks delivered to the local post office from some mystery chick wholesaler up north. Using a friends piece of property in Goochland, we (mainly Jonathan) constructed a home for our new little poultry project. For 8 long weeks, we fed, nurtured, and took care of those birds until they were big and dumb and ready for consumption. After a long day of chicken processing, we finally had a hundred birds for the eating. I’ll spare you the details of evisceration but lets just say I now know how to fully detach all the innards of a chicken by bare hand in under a minute flat. For over a year now we have been feasting on grass fed, non-gmo, hormone free, healthy, happy, meaty chickens. It was one of the most disgusting but most rewarding learning experiences of my life.

Combining beer and chicken only seemed natural when I was trying to figure out how the hell I was going to eat 100 chickens over the next year or so. This recipe is basically foolproof. It’s easy, delicious, and drying out the meat is almost impossible since you will be continually infusing the poultry with a beautiful beer steam. So grab a 6 pack and pick your chicken of choice. It’s cookin time!

Beer Can Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: Approximately 1 hour


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1/2 can of your beer of choice (my beer of choice: Fresh Slice by Otter Creek; A white IPA)
  • Old Bay seasoning

IMG_23621. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.Drink half the can of beer (or pour it down the drain if you’re a baby) then poke holes in the top to make vents. I have a beer can chicken ring from William Sonoma, if you don’t have one, get one. If not, you can just sit the half-beer in the center of a sturdy baking pan.




3. Pour Old Bay all over that chicken, inside and out. Rub seasoning onto chicken until coated evenly.

4. Pick up your chicken and lower it down on top of the beer so the can fits snuggly inside and your chicken is standing upright.


5. Place chicken in oven and bake until skin is golden brown and juices are running clear. This will take approximately an hour depending on how big your bird is.

6. Enjoy that ish!


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