Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce (Boom)

Ready in 2 hours

Excellent. Kids love it. Usually just make chicken.

"This was sooo good. I added extra cola to the barbecue sauce along with some extra spices for some heat which made it really good. It was easy and we ate it all!!"

- jlburgart

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1 can beer
3 1/2 pound chicken; (up to 4 pound)
Basic Barbecue Rub; recipe follows
Cola Barbecue Sauce; for serving, recipe follows
3 apple or hickory wood chips; 3 to 4 handfulssoaked in water for 30 minutes
Basic Barbecue Rub:
1/4 cup brown sugar; firmly packed
1/4 cup sweet paprika
3 tablespoons black pepper; freshly ground
3 tablespoons kosher or sea salt
1 tablespoon hickory salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons celery seeds
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Cola Barbecue Sauce:
cola; (recommended: Coca-Cola)
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
liquid smoke
steak sauce; (recommended: A-1 Steak S
1 teaspoon onion flakes
garlic flakes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper; freshly ground

Original recipe makes 4



Pop the tab off the beer can. Using a church key style can opener, make a few more holes in the top of the can. Pour out half the beer into the soaking water of the wood chips. Set the can of beer aside.

Set up the grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium. If using a charcoal grill, place a large drip pan in the center. If using a gas grill, place all the wood chips in the smoker box or in a smoker pouch and preheat the grill to high until you see smoke, then reduce the heat to medium.

Remove the packet of giblets from the body cavity of the chicken and set aside for another use. Remove and discard the fat just inside the body and neck cavities. Rinse the chicken, inside and out, under cold running water, drain, and blot dry inside and out with paper towels. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the rub inside the body and neck cavities of the chicken. Rub the bird all over on the outside with 2 teaspoons of the rub. If you have the patience, you can put some of the rub under the skin being careful not to tear it.

Spoon the remaining 2 teaspoons of rub through the holes into the beer in the can. Don't worry if it foams up, this is normal. Insert the beer can into the body cavity of the chicken and spread out the legs to form a sort of tripod. Tuck the wing tips behind the chicken's back.

When ready to cook, if using a charcoal grill, toss all the wood chips on the coals. Stand the chicken up in the center of the hot grate, over the drip pan and away from the heat. Cover the grill and cook the chicken until the skin is a dark golden brown and very crisp and the meat is cooked to an internal temperature of 180 degrees, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. If using a charcoal grill, you'll need to add 12 fresh coals per side after 1 hour.

Using tongs, carefully transfer the chicken in its upright position on the beer can to a platter and present it to your guests. Let rest 5 minutes, and then carefully remove the chicken from the beer can. Take care not to spill the hot beer or otherwise burn yourself. Quarter or carve the chicken and serve with the Cola Barbeque Sauce.

Cola Barbecue Sauce:

Combine all the ingredients in a heavy non-reactive saucepan and gradually bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat slightly to obtain a gentle simmer. Simmer the sauce until reduced by 1/4, about 6 to 8 minutes. Use right away or transfer to a large jar, cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate. The sauce will keep for several months.


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This was sooo good. I added extra cola to the barbecue sauce along with some extra spices for some heat which made it really good. It was easy and we ate it all!!
jlburgart 1 year ago
Love the detailed and clear instructions! Thank you And the recipe was great too!
Dirty.martini 2 years ago
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mlboom 5 years ago
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