Beer Can Chicken, Grilled Corn Salad with Hazelnuts, Pecorino and Mint

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Did you buy too much beer for your last cookout? I have just the recipe for you! Take one can, take a spiced rubbed chicken, stick it on top of the can and put on your grill. Moist, flavorful and finger licking good chicken just a grill away! The corn salad has grilled corn, crunchy hazelnuts, salty cheese and the freshness of mint.

Beer Can Chicken

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Serves: 4 Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes


  • 1 can light lager beer
  • One 4 lb. whole chicken
  • 2-3 tablespoons Spice Rub
  • 5 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper



Prepare grill for high, indirect heat and fit with grill pan (for a charcoal grill, bank coals on 1 side of grill and put drip pan on empty side. For a gas grill, leave 1 burner turned off and place drip pan over unlit burner). Add water to pan to a depth of 1/2 inch.


Season chicken generously with spice rub. You want to make sure the entire chicken is coated in the spic rub. I like to rub some spice rub under the skin for extra flavor. Place cavity of chicken, legs pointing down, onto open beer can. Position the chicken so that the can fully supports the chicken in an upright position. Place can, with chicken, on grill over indirect heat (and above drip pan).


Grill chicken, covered, until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh registers 165°, about 45–60 minutes. (If using charcoal, you may need to add more to maintain heat.)


Let chicken rest 10 minutes before carving. Serve with pan drippings.

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