Champion Beer Can Chicken

Cook Time

75 Mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

10 Mins




1 can Beer, Any Brand

Louisiana Grills Champion Chicken Seasoning


2 TBSP Olive Oil

1 Whole Chicken

Cooking Instructions

We all know how this recipe was invented. Somewhere, some griller was drinking a cold one when they thought to themselves, “I wonder if it would taste better if I stuck a chicken on top of this and cooked it? And thus, the Beer Can Chicken was born. This “Champion” Beer Can Chicken recipe is a nod to the backyard barbecue grilling classic. Our famous Champion Chicken Seasoning is rubbed all over the bird which then cooks on a chicken throne filled with beer and barbecue sauce. The result is a delicious, tender, and moist chicken the whole family will love.

To Prep the Chicken

  1. Remove the chicken from the bag and make sure all the giblets and organs are removed from inside the chicken. Rinse the bird, inside and out, then pat dry.
  2. Pour out half a can of beer until you have half a can remaining. Into the can of beer, or a chicken throne, add the barbecue sauce. Set aside.
  3. Brush the chicken generously with olive oil and season with Pit Boss Champion Chicken Seasoning. Let the chicken sit for at least 15 minutes with the seasoning on top.
  4. Carefully slide the chicken onto the beer can or chicken throne so that the cavity fits snugly. Tuck the chicken wings behind the chicken’s back.

Wood Pellet Recommendation

The savory, bacon like aromas from Wisconsin Hickory Hardwood Pelletsmake them the perfect fuel for this beer can chicken recipe.

Note: This recipe uses Louisiana Grills Champion Chicken Seasoning and Louisiana Grills Memphis Style Barbecue Sauce.

Shop the Louisiana Grills Chicken Throne

  1. Preheat your Louisiana Grill to 350°F.
  2. Grill your chicken upright on the beer can or chicken throne for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes until the internal temperature reads 180°F at the thickest part of the chicken (the breasts, legs, and thighs) and the juices run clear.
  3. Remove the chicken from the grill, allow to rest 15 minutes, then serve.

Special Tools

  • Chicken Throne


For more flavor, let the chicken sit in a wet brine overnight in the refrigerator.

Diet Info

  • Flexible Dieting