Simple Beer Can Chicken on the Grill Recipe

When the weather turns up the heat, it is time to turn to grilling. Today, I am going to share my simple beer can chicken on the grill recipe. Do you have a great way to prepare chicken when it is hot out?

It has been over 90 degrees here for the past two days. I don’t care who you are, that is hot. The cows are especially not fond of this heat. Last night, as Tim and I were milking, they refused to walk out to the pasture. They knew they were going to the furtherest pasture (1/4 mile away). So they just stood on the lot outside the barn and even kept coming back in the parlor.

I started misting the groups with water after they left to coax them away from the hot barn to the cooler green pastures. I can relate though. When it is hot, sometimes your brain just turns off and you don’t want to move or think.

When it is hot I especially don’t want to think about cooking. I also, don’t want to cook inside and make our house any hotter. Right now we have a freezer stocked full of healthy, pasture raised chickens. So, on the grill they go.

Simple Beer Can Chicken on the Grill Recipe



  • Zweber Farms pasture raised chicken
  • 1 can Leinenkugel Summer Shandy (If you don’t live in Midwest, choose a light wheat ale, like a Blue Moon) 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning


  1. Heat your grill for indirect heat. While your grill is heating up, drink half of your beer. You will also want to place a drip pan under where you will place the chicken.
  2. Rub your chicken with the olive oil and lemon pepper seasoning.
  3. Place the beer in the cavity of the chicken. Then carefully place your chicken on the grill.
  4. Cover the grill and cook for about an hour to an hour and a half.
  5. We also added hickory wood chips to our coals, but they are not necessary.
  6. Your chicken is done when a meat thermometer reads 175 degrees in the thigh.

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Make sure to check out our other wholesome, fresh from the farm recipes here.

If you need to stock your freezer with pasture raised chicken, stop by the farm to pick-up one or three or ten.

What is your favorite way to prepare chicken in the hot summer months? Please share your recipes!



3 thoughts on “Simple Beer Can Chicken on the Grill Recipe

    1. Zweber Farms Post author

      Yes, it does! Well at least it does here in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I hope it does in your area, because the lemon hint to the beer gives the meat such a refreshing taste!

  1. Michael Shandony of Green Bay

    1) No Salt?
    2) Can you use just water in a coke can? Is it the steam that makes the chicken so juicy?
    3) Warm up the beer before putting it on the grill so it boils quicker while roasting?