Do it Yourself Beer Can Chicken Holder

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you are roasting or grilling a whole chicken, you can enhance the taste of it by infusing the meat with the taste of beer. This is also known as beer butt chicken. There are commercial holders made of stainless steel, but you can make your own at home. All you need is a can of beer and wire to make a do-it-yourself beer can chicken holder.

Empty or drink the beer until there is 1/2 the amount of beer remaining in the can.

Place the beer can in the centre of the grill or oven. Wrap one piece of a 2-foot long wire around the bottom of the can and wrap the other end tightly around the oven or grill rack. Do the same with the other 2-foot long wire on the opposite side of the can. These wires will secure the can to the rack and will hold the chicken upright as beer evaporates and lessens the weight of the can.

Preheat the grill or oven to 300F.

Remove the gizzard, liver and the neck from the cavity of the thawed chicken.

Place the chicken in the sink and rinse the inside of the chicken with cool water. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.

Sprinkle salt and pepper on the chicken, to taste. Combine smoked paprika, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, onion powder and cumin in a small bowl. Pour olive oil in a small bowl. Add the dry spices to the olive oil and stir with the brush to make a paste.

Paint the rub on the entire chicken. Place the chicken directly on top of the beer can and insert the can inside the cavity of the chicken. Slide the rack out of the oven to keep from burning your hands.

Cook for 90 minutes; use indirect heat on a grill. Turn off the heat. Remove the chicken from the can using large forks. The chicken will slide easily off the can. Once the oven or grill has cooled sufficiently, you can remove the can and wires and dispose of them.


Any beer will do, but you might as well choose a flavour you find appealing.


Use caution when you remove the chicken from the beer can chicken holder, as it will be extremely hot from the grill or oven.

Things You'll Need

  • 3289gr. can of beer
  • 2, 2-foot long wires
  • Thawed whole young chicken
  • Cool water
  • Paper towels
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil -- add to the dry rub to make a paste
  • 2 small bowls
  • Pastry brush
  • Large grill fork
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After attending the University of Missouri St. Louis, Stephanie Rempe worked as a documentation manager in the finance industry 10 years before turning to her first love, writing, which she's been doing professionally since 2008. She currently divides her time between Missouri and her fiance's hometown in Oregon. In addition to her freelance writing, Rempe is working on a romance novel and short stories.