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Best Grilled Chicken? Hold my Beer!

Beer can chicken is a fun, delicious way to grill your bird this weekend. At Lake Norman Butchery, we’ve done the hard part for you. Whole chickens are ready to go for the grill, beer included! Pick up yours today, check out the recipe below, and get ready to enjoy the most tender chicken. Happy grilling!

Beer Can Chicken


-One whole chicken

-12 oz can of Beer

-3 Tbs of rub of your choice (don’t have a favorite? Try our homemade chicken rub!)


-Sprinkle 1 Tbs of rub inside the body of the chicken, then rub 1.5 Tbs over the outside of the bird (pro tip – rub .5 Tbs under the skin for maximum flavor)

-Set up your grill for indirect grilling with a drip pan in the center, bringing it to a medium heat (about 350 degrees)

-Pop the top of the beer and remove about a half an inch from the top (we won’t tell if you take a sip or two!) Make 3-5 small holes around the top of the can. Pour remaining rub in the can.

-Hold the chicken upright with cavity opening down and insert the beer can into the cavity

-Stand the chicken on the grill over the drip pan using the legs as support

-Cover the grill and cook until fall-off-the-bone tender, about 25-30 minutes per pound (if you’re using a charcoal grill, add 10-12 fresh coals after an hour to maintain heat)

-Remove the chicken using tongs. Let it rest for 5 minutes before carving.

-Toss the beer can, pop open a fresh one for yourself, and enjoy!

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