Herbed Beer Can Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Grill: 1-1/4 hours + standing


4 servings

Updated: Jul. 20, 2023
Our Fourth of July tradition is to grill a chicken standing up on a can of beer. It might look slightly silly when you're making it, but it's such a fun conversation piece—and you can't beat the tender taste. —Karen Barros, Bristol, Rhode Island
Herbed Beer Can Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients; stir in half the minced garlic. Rub mixture over outside and inside of chicken. Tuck wings under chicken.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat. Completely cover all sides of an 8- or 9-in. round baking pan with foil. Place a beer-can chicken rack in pan. Remove 1/3 cup beer from can; save for another use. Using a can opener, make additional large holes in top of can. Insert rosemary and remaining garlic into can. Add beer can to rack.
  3. Place chicken vertically onto rack. Place pan on grill rack. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads 180°.
  4. Remove pan from grill; tent chicken with foil. Let stand 15 minutes. Carefully remove chicken from rack.

Nutrition Facts

6 ounces cooked chicken: 474 calories, 28g fat (6g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 412mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 42g protein.