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Beer Can Chicken in the Big Easy

Using The Big Easy to prepare many recipes that you would never think of preparing in a deep fat fryer is one more reason it's such a versatile cooker. One of the most popular recipes for just about any backyard barbeque party is "Beer Can Chicken." You can do this recipe in The Big Easy. In place of the beer can there are many different devices which you fill with liquids that flavor the chicken while keeping it moist.

Cooking Time 10 minutes per pound


  • 4+ lbs whole chicken 
  • 1 12 oz. can of your favorite full flavor beer for the chicken - WARM
  • 5 12 oz. cans of your favorite full flavor beer for the cook and friends - COLD
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite rub or other spices [NOTE: When cooking in The Big Easy, refrain from using rubs with high sugar content or spices that burn easily - as the infrared energy will quickly burn sugar and cause a bitter taste from burned spices.]
  • Coarse Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 cup high temperature vegetable oil like canola, grape seed or peanut


  1. Take whole chicken and wash thoroughly-pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Rub favorite spices on outside of chicken and insert thermometer in meaty section of the breast
  3. If you desire an extra crisp skin, bordering on burned, you can lightly brush on vegetable oil over spices on skin of chicke
  4. Take the can of WARM beer, opened, and place the chicken (legs down, breast up) over the can of beer and then set in The Big Easy cooking basket.
  5. Place cooking basket in The Big Easy and turn on cooker.
  6. The chicken is done when it hits 160°F; take your reading from the middle of the breast. Upon a mandatory rest off the grill, the meat temperature will continue to rise to 165°F approved by the FDA.
  7. Place the chicken in a pan or tray, most of the beer should be evaporated, and cover with foil and let rest for about 15-20 minutes, the internal temp should rise the final 5 degrees. You will find the flavors of the chicken are enhanced by the evaporating beer as it flavors the meat from the inside, so choose wisely.