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Basic Beer-Can Chicken

Basic Beer-Can Chicken Recipe

  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer
  • 1 chicken (3½ to 4 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons All-Purpose Barbecue Rub (recipe follows) or your favorite commercial rub
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup coarse salt (kosher or sea)
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups wood chips or chunks (preferably hickory or cherry), soaked for 1 hour in water and/or beer to cover, then drained
  • Vertical chicken roaster (optional)
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Nutritional information
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 554kcal (28%)
Total Fat 39g (60%)
Saturated Fat 11g (53%)
Cholesterol 181mg (60%)
Total Carbohydrate 3g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 2g
Protein 45g
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.



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