Beer-in-the-Rear Chicken

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Servings: 2-4 people
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

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1   (12-ounce) can beer
Paula Deen’s House Seasoning
Paula Deen’s Seasoned Salt
1   (3-pound) chicken
1   sprig rosemary
Assorted barbecue and hot sauces, your choice





Wash and drain the chicken and pat dry. Season the chicken inside and out with the Seasoned Salt and House Seasoning. Refrigerate until ready to cook.

Prepare the charcoal grill. When the coals are hot and glowing, carefully push them over to the sides of the grill, leaving an open space in the middle of the grill. Open the can of beer and pour off approximately 1/4 cup. Insert the sprig of rosemary into the can, then place the beer can, keeping it upright, into the rear cavity of the chicken. Carefully place the chicken, standing up on the beer can, in the center of the grill, making sure not to spill the beer. Cover the grill and cook the chicken for approximately 1 hour, rotating the chicken as necessary. The chicken is done when the juice runs clear when pierced with a fork.

Carefully remove the beer can from the chicken using mitts and discard the can. Cut the chicken into halves or quarters.

Note: 1 chicken serves 2 to 4, depending on appetites. My crowd can all eat a half a chicken each, easy.

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Reader Comments:


Beer-in-the-Rear Chicken...I giggled, its such a cute name! At my house it has the name of Drunk Chicken. We inject our chicken with creole butter and rub it with Cajun shake and cook it on the grill with our foil potatoes (potatoes, butter, bacon, salt, pepper, and cheese and wrap it in foil)

By aellis27 on June 28, 2013


Ya'll are too nice. The name of this famous recipe is "Beer Butt" chicken. hehe.

By Jan Fairclo on September 17, 2012


This has been one of our favorite for years..... but we called it "Dancing Chicken"!

By Marsha Staley on September 17, 2012


This sound very good what happens if the chicken touches the coals?

By Staci fourman on January 10, 2012


WE always called this Backyard Beer Chicken

By Anonymous on March 22, 2011


I love this recipe!!! The chicken comes out sooooo tender and juicy!!!! It is a GREAT summer recipe. It keeps me from having to heat up my kitcen with the oven. My husband loves to grill so he loves any recipe that uses a grill. This is one recipe that I will definitely use again and again. My kids love it as well. There are never any leftovers!!!

By Anonymous on August 14, 2010


wonderful for summer

By Anonymous on May 24, 2010

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