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.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
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.