Beer can chicken on a chickensitter

Beer can chicken is a popular barbecue preparation technique in which a whole chicken is grilled vertically while standing over an opened can of beer.

Preparing a chicken on the chickensitter

The steam released from the beer during grilling keeps the chicken juicy and adds a subtle flavour.Nowadays, a chickensitter is also often used for preparation instead of an actual beer can. The beer can or chickensitter on which the chicken is placed ensures that the chicken stays firm during grilling and prevents it from falling over. Besides giving flavour to the chicken, the vertical position also helps the chicken cook evenly. The result is a juicy chicken with crispy skin.

Flavour of the chicken

You can experiment with different beers to add unique flavours to the chicken. For example, dark beers add a rich flavour to the chicken, while light beers offer a more subtle taste. Although the name "beer can chicken" implies that you should use beer, you can also use other liquids, such as soda, cider or stock, to steam the chicken and add flavour.


1 whole chicken (about 2-3 kg)
1 can of beer (preferably a light beer)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons paprika powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat your barbecue to indirect heat around 180-200°C.
  2. Start by making the spice rub. In a bowl, mix together the paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, salt and black pepper. (Or you can use the Valhal Outdoor x The Fik Erin Viking Rub for a spicier flavour)
  3. Rub the chicken generously with olive oil and then apply the herb rub evenly all over the chicken, both on the outside and inside.
  4. Open the can of beer and take a few sips (or pour off the excess). Pour the rest of the beer into the chickensitter (VH28CS) or use a regular can holder if you don't have a chickensitter.
  5. Place the chicken vertically over the chickensitter so that it fits exactly into the cavity of the chicken and the chicken is upright.
  6. Place the chickensitter with the chicken on the grill of the barbecue, away from direct heat. Close the lid of the barbecue.
  7. Roast the chicken for about 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the chicken, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken reaches the safe temperature of 75°C.
  8. Carefully remove the chicken from the barbecue and let it rest for about 10 minutes before carving. Carefully remove the can of beer before serving the chicken.

Enjoy your beer can chicken on a chickensitter and share this delicious dish with your friends and family!

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