Steam Whistle Beer Can Chicken

ChefD has prepared meals for the likes of the late BB King, Stuart McLean, Blue Rodeo, and Michael Buble. He graciously shared his best beer can chicken recipe below with our...

ChefD has launched his fourth season of his popular cooking show, ‘At Home with ChefD’ on Rogers TV. He is the author of two cook bookettes, Maple Madness, and Garlic Madness and has a weekly radio show ‘At the Kitchen Table’ on FAITH FM.


4 Cans of Steam Whistle beer
2 Whole chickens
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp Chipotle
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Salt

Preheat BBQ to med high, about 400 degrees.  In a bowl combine all dry ingredients for the rub.  Set aside.  Rinse and pat dry the 2 whole chickens.  Generously spoon the rub over the chicken and press rub onto the skin of the chickens.  Open 2 cans of Steam Whistle beer and remove approximate 2oz from each can into a glass.  Drink beer in glass.  Place open cavity of the rubbed chicken over the top of the can.  About half of the can will be in your chickens.  Place beer canned chickens on a heavy bottomed baking sheet and put on the BBQ grill.  Be careful that the chicken doesn’t fall over.  Pour another can of Steam Whistle pilsner onto the baking sheet. (The fourth can is in case the baking sheet gets dry, keep adding beer to the baking sheet). Grill for 25-30 minutes or until internal temp of 180 degrees is reached.    Turn BBQ off and let the chicken rest for 5 minutes in the BBQ with the lid down.  No peaking.  Remove chickens from the cans and serve with a cold Steam Whistle beer and your favourite company.

Chefs tip: Why 2 chickens?  Because you will be disappointed you don’t have left overs if you only cook one

Editor’s note *not by ChefD”: Don’t have a BBQ? Follow the same recipe as above except preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 C). Place chicken on the can in casserole dish or deep baking dish. Cook for 45 min, add more beer into the pan. Bake an additional 30 minutes, or until near the bone reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees (and juice runs clear). Allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes covered. Prefer to skip the can? Use a beer can chicken holder without the can! Pour beer inside the cavity and on the chicken instead.

Posted on April 12 2016, By: Steam Whistle


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