Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 100
  • Servings: 4

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1 Maple Leaf Prime Naturally® Whole Chicken
1/4 cup (60 mL) Balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp (15 mL) Smoked or Hungarian paprika
1/2 tsp (2 mL) Dried thyme
1/4 tsp (1 mL) Cayenne
1/4 tsp (1 mL) Pepper
1/2 tsp (2 mL) Salt
1 (375 mL) Can of beer


PREHEAT BBQ to high. After preheating, turn off one burner in order to grill over indirect heat. You want heat on either side of the grill space that you are cooking on.

RUB the chicken all over with balsamic vinegar. Combine the remaining spices and rub the chicken inside and out with the mixture.

OPEN the can of beer and “dispose” of one third of it. Insert the beer can in the cavity of the chicken. Balance the chicken on the can and two legs in a shallow pan. Place the pan directly over the burner of the barbecue that has been turned off. Close the lid and roast for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours or until the skin is crisp and the internal temperature reaches 185°F (85°C). Remove the chicken from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes prior to carving.


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