Beer Can Chicken

Total Time:
25 hr 30 min
15 min
24 hr
1 hr 15 min

6 servings

  • Brine:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle light bodied beer
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons coarse sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (2 1/2-gallon) plastic re-sealable bag
  • 2 whole chickens
  • Beer:
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans favorite beer
  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper
  • For the brine: Combine water, beer, brown sugar, salt, and lemon juice in large mixing bowl. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Pour mixture into plastic bag. Add chicken and seal bag, remove as much air as possible. Refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.

  • For the beer: Pour out 1/4 of beer. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon pepper to each beer.

  • For the chicken: Preheat barbeque grill to 375 degrees F.

  • Remove chickens from refrigerator and from brine and pat dry with a paper towel. Place beer cans on a sheet pan. Take 1 chicken, neck end up, and place the chicken onto the top of the beer can. Repeat with other chicken. Take the sheet pan with chickens and place it on the grill. Cover and grill for 1 hour. Remove from grill, cool for 15 minutes, carve, and serve.

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