The Big Easy® Beer Can Chicken Recipe

The Big Easy® Beer Can Chicken Recipe

10 mins
1 hrs

This Beer Can Chicken recipe is one of our most popular recipes for backyard cookouts. Using The Big Easy® Oil-Less Turkey Fryer to cook your chicken makes it tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. So, next time you’re enjoying a beer, crack one open for your chicken.

Not just for turkeys, The Big Easy® Oil-Less Turkey Fryer makes cooking chicken easy too. Just season with oil, butter and/or your favorite BBQ rub and The Big Easy does the rest. Powered by TRU-Infrared™ technology, The Big Easy requires no oil to operate.


For the Chicken

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons high temp oil
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite rub
  • 1 (12 ounce) can full-flavored beer

Ingredient Tips

High-Temp Cooking Oil
High-temp cooking oil, such as peanut, canola and avocado oil, is oil that smokes at a higher temperature or smoke point, producing less smoke at lower temps.
No Sugar
Your rub and/or marinade should contain NO sugar. Sugar will cause your food to burn.


Step 1 Of 9
Power up The Big Easy Oil-less Fryer.
Hot Tip
The Big Easy was designed to be powered ON (all the way to the left) and OFF (all the way to the right). All recipes for The Big Easy are based on operating the fryer at full power.
Rinse the chicken with cool water and pat dry with paper towels.
Apply a light coat of cooking oil to the outside of the chicken. Then, cover it with your favorite rub or spices.
Open a beer and place the chicken cavity over our beer can chicken roaster . Lower chicken onto the roaster, leaving the bottom of the can exposed.
Place the chicken in the roaster basket and lower the roaster basket into the cooking chamber. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast so that the tip does not touch bone and the dial is easy to read when the basket is in the cooker.
Hot Tip
To minimize sticking, coat the wire frame of the roaster basket with oil before inserting chicken.
Cook until the internal temperature reaches 160°F, about 1 hour. Cook time varies based on weather conditions and the size of your roast.
Lift the basket out of the cooking chamber and set it on a shallow sheet pan until the basket is cool to the touch. Remove chicken from basket and place it on a tray or cutting board.
Tent with foil and let rest for 15 to 20 minutes while the temperature rises to 165°F.
Hot Tip
The internal temperature continues to cook the chicken, raising it to the target temperature.
Carve and serve.
Hot Tip
Call The Big Easy Hotline at 1-800-526-1065 with any questions you may have about cooking with The Big Easy. It’s available year-round, including Thanksgiving Day (8 am-4 pm EST).
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