Beer Butt Chicken

Beer Butt Chicken

10 reviews, 4.6 star(s). 89% would make again

Ready in 1 hour 50 minutes

Forget buying rotisserie chickens at the deli. This one is moist and delicious every time, and easy to make at home.


1 whole Chicken; raw, neck & livers removed
1 12-oz can Beer
1 cup Butter; salted or unsalted
1 tablespoon Sage; dried
1 tablespoon Tarragon; dried
2 tablespoons Garlic salt
1 tablespoon Paprika
1 tablespoon Black pepper
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 ea New potato, onion, or apple; small whole, or a large piece

Original recipe makes 6



Drink half of the beer. Leave the other half in the can at room temperature for 15 min.

Prep the oven so that you have one low rack on which the roasting pan can sit with the chicken standing up. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt butter and add the sage, tarragon, garlic salt, paprika, black pepper and dijon mustard. Mix well.

Pour half of the butter & herb mixture into the beer can, with the remaining beer. Place the can in the middle of a roasting pan and carefully place the chicken onto the beer can (sliding the can up the "butt" of the chicken). Use the legs to brace the chicken in the pan. Place the potato, onion or apple into the neck of the chicken (this keeps the aromatic steam inside the chicken).

Pour the remaining butter and herb mixture over the outside of the chicken, or baste with a brush.

Bake the chicken for 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Watch closely after 90 minutes.

Remove from oven when done, and let rest for 5 minutes or so.

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So easy, and so yummy!!!!
Rmetzger32 7m ago

Couldn't perfect step number one... kept drinking the beer :/
manchild 2y ago

Wonderfully moist with crispy skin. Really easy.
bonedi39 3y ago

Good recipe. The skin came out nice and crisp, and the basting sauce had some really good flavors. I'm not completely sure that sticking it on a beer made any real difference in the taste, but I'll definitely be using the sauce again.
dakotarussell 5y ago

Made just as recipe directed and was absolutely amazing!!
blulite5656 5y ago

Great recipe! Loved the idea that I could take this summer favorite and make it in the oven. Made this recipe exactly per the instructions. A 4 lb chicken took 90 min. This recipe is a keeper!
jaycee10 6y ago

Never tried beer can chicken in the oven, very cool indeed. I used a southern rub I found for Bbq Whole Chicken (34317). Rubbed the chicken and let it sit in fridge about 2 hours. Thanks for a great idea.
Dadwillcook 7y ago

The BEST!! chicken ever. Also works GREAT for Turkey!! I tried it out for some friends and it was the best Turkey they ever had, perfect for the holidays!! Just double up on the marinade mix.
Reddeercook 7y ago

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couljewel 7y ago

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