Beer Can Chicken

This method of cooking a chicken may look a little undignified, but it is guaranteed to keep the meat beautifully tender and juicy!


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  • Serves 6
  • 90 min
  • 1 ANCA Premium Whole Bird without giblets
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 440ml can of beer of your choosing

For the rub

  • 1 tbsp muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp English mustard powder
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1½ tsp celery salt


  1. Light a lidded braai. Let the flames die down and the coals turn ashen, then mound the coal up on one side. If using a small braai, you will have to remove the grills and place a sturdy roasting tin on the floor of the braai, next to the coals – this will give you space to close the lid once the chicken is in. If you have a large braai, the chicken can sit directly on the grill (or on a tray on the grill, so that it doesn’t topple over.)
  2. To make the rub, mix all the ingredients together with a good grinding of black pepper. Drizzle the oil over the chicken, sprinkle over the rub and massage it into the skin, making sure you get into all the nooks and crannies, even inside the cavity.
  3. Use a can opener to take off the top of the can of beer. Pour out half the beer (tip into a glass to drink!) and leave the rest in the can, as it will keep the chicken moist while it cooks. Pop the chicken onto the can, legs down, so that it looks like it is sitting upright with the can in its cavity. Stand the chicken and can upright on the barbecue, either in the roasting tin or directly on the grill, on the side with no coals. Close the lid and cook for 1 hr 20 mins until the chicken is browned, the meat tender and the juices run clear. If the juices aren’t clear, cook for a further 10 mins, then check again.

           *TOP TIP:  To cook in the oven, heat to 190 degrees Celsius or 375                degrees Fahrenheit. Sit the chicken on a baking tray, place in the                    bottom of the oven, and follow the same cooking time.

4.        Remove the chicken from the barbecue, cover lightly with foil and                    leave to rest for 20 mins before serving.



Kcal -          397

Protein -      38g

Carbs -        5g

Fat -            24g

Saturates - 6g

Fibre -        0g

Sugar -      5g

Salt -         1.6g