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Heath Riles' BBQ Beer Can Chicken

In addition to providing support for the chicken as it is grilled, a can of beer that is just halfway full can also be used to steam the chicken. While the skin is slowly crisping up on the outside of the bird, the rest of the bird is being cooked in a hot and humid environment, which ensures that the meat will be extraordinarily juicy.With the help of this recipe for beer can chicken, you can get your grill ready for a wonderful entire chicken that is juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Heath Riles’ BBQ Beer Can Chicken

Heath Riles Sweet BBQ Sauce is the star of this tasty "BBQ Beer Can Chicken" dish.


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  • Grill
  • Paper Towel


  • Heath Riles Sweet BBQ Sauce
  • Red Dirt Rich Old Pit Dust
  • 5 Lb Whole Chicken ((approx. 5lb))
  • Can of Your Favorite Beer
  • Olive Oil ((for slather/binder))
  • Beer Can Chicken Holder


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat, lighting all burners (if gas).

  2. Remove neck and giblets from chicken and pat dry with paper towels.

  3. Apply olive oil to chicken, then coat liberally with Red Dirt Rich Old Pit Dust rub.

  4. Place a half-full can of beer at room temperature into beer can chicken holder.

  5. Turn off one burner and place chicken, upright, over the unlit burner for indirect cooking.

  6. Reduce to medium heat, targeting 325-350° F.

  7. Grill for an hour, or until reaching an internal temperature of 165° F.

  8. Liberally baste Heath Riles Sweet BBQ Sauce all over chicken, increase heat to high and grill 10 minutes to crisp the skin and caramelize the sauce.

  9. Remove from grill, rest 10 minutes, then slice and serve with more Heath Riles Sweet BBQ Sauce!


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