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Apple Ale Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 chicken
Author: Mike


  • 1 whole chicken 6-8 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dried tarragon crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Your favorite apple ale I used Redd's Apple Ale


  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  • Combine the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and brush onto the chicken.
  • Combine the taragon, salt and pepper. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mixture. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning onto the chicken.
  • Add reserved spice mixture to the beer (take a few drinks first to make room) and insert into the chicken.
  • Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  • Let rest 15 minutes before removing the beer can and carving.