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Beer Can Chicken on the Goldens' Cast Iron Cooker

November 18, 2022

Beer Can Chicken on the Goldens' Cast Iron Cooker

I decided to take on a classic recipe…Beer Can Chicken. This is a great way to cook chicken to make it flavorful and tender. If you want taste in every bite and juices galore, follow along for my version of Beer Can Chicken on the Goldens’ Cast Iron Cooker.

Making My Beer Can Chicken

In my opinion, the most important thing about making this chicken right is knowing how to cook it. The seasonings and type of beer you use are secondary. I’m walking you through my way of doing it today. I hope you like it!

The ingredients

  • Whole chicken. This recipe requires the entire bird. 
  • Chicken stock. Adds flavor and moisture to the meat. 
  • Heath Riles BBQ Chicken Injection and Brine. I specifically formulated this to add to the taste of any chicken dish you might want to cook.  
  • Duck Fat Spray. Works great as a binder for the seasonings. 
  • Heath Riles BBQ Chicken Rub. A wonderful combination of herbs and spices made especially for poultry plates. 
  • Heath Riles BBQ Pecan Rub. A little bit savory and a little bit sweet, this rub is all the rage for meat flavoring. 
  • Can of Coors Light. After all, it’s named Beer Can Chicken. 

The equipment setup

I preheated my Goldens’ Cast Iron Cooker to between 250-275 degrees F using Royal Oak Lump Charcoal and Tumbleweeds. 

The Process for Making Beer Can Chicken

If you’d rather watch a step-by-step video than read a recipe, head over to my Youtube channel and watch me make my Beer Can Chicken. 

Unpack the chicken

I cut my bird out of the package and placed it on an aluminum pan, making sure it was all cleaned out. 

Mix the injection

Starting with a container of chicken stock, I added my Chicken Injection and Brine and mixed it together until it dissolved. 

Inject the bird

Getting as much liquid as I could into the syringe, I started injecting the chicken at different areas. I love the way injections add moisture and flavor to the meat during the cooking process. 


Season it up

First I sprayed it good with Duck Fat Spray to create a binder. Then I sprinkled the entire bird with my Chicken Rub. Its blend of herbs and spices will really add flavor to this chicken. I topped it off with a coat of my Pecan Rub to give it a sweet, slightly nutty taste. 

Add the beer

A can of Coors Light fit the bill, but you can use any type of beer for this recipe. I positioned the chicken end on the beer can (held by a wire foundation). 

Get grilling

My Goldens’ Cast Iron Cooker was running about 285 degrees F when I put my chicken on. I set my bird beer-end-side-down right on the grill. I tucked the wings in, set the alarm for 163 degrees F, put it in the chicken’s breast, and shut the lid. 

Pull it off and let it rest

It took an hour and 40 minutes to cook this chicken. Once it hit an internal temp of 163 degrees F, I pulled it off the grill and let it rest for about 20 minutes. 

Remove the can and cut it up

I carefully removed the beer can, using a sharp knife, carved the bird up. 

The Results

Damn! The chicken was a beautiful color and, when I cut into it, juices dripped out. I knew it was going to be absolutely delicious, and it didn’t disappoint. It was melt-in-your-mouth tender and so juicy and flavorful I just about couldn’t stand it. Wow, this bird turned out so delicious!

Serving Suggestions for Beer Can Chicken

You can cut a few slices per person that add up to between 4-8 ounces, depending on how hungry your crew is. It makes a great meal with mashed potatoes, green beans, and corn. 

Storing It

Put the leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. This chicken does well reheated, or use it cold to make sandwiches. 


Equipment and Tools

Goldens’ Cast Iron Cooker

Royal Oak Lump Charcoal  

Royal Oak Tumbleweeds  

Heath Riles BBQ Mixing Shaker Bottle


Beer Can Chicken Holder  

Meat Injector Syringe  

Black Latex Gloves 

Stone + Wood Cutting Boards  


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