March 4, 2015

Roasted Ginger Beer Can Chicken

One of my most well known quirky Southern recipes is Beer Can Chicken. Super moist and juicy with crispy skin, it is similar to a Rotisserie Chicken you get at the grocery store. But you can make this at home on the grill or like I did, in the oven. And the best part? You sit the chicken right on top of a can of beer and the beer steams and flavors the chicken! Silly? Yes. 
Downright tasty? You betcha!
Ginger Beer
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and feature some fun recipes with their Ginger Brew, which is an all natural Jamaican Style Ginger Ale and Beer. Come back all week long through 3/10 and check out the drink and food recipes I have dreamed up and be sure to scroll down and enter to win a Reed's Ginger Brew Sample Pack


Makes 4-6 servings
  • 5-6 pound oven roaster whole chicken, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup Tony Chachere's seasoning (or similar Creole seasoning)
  • 12 ounce can ginger beer (or half fill an empty can with a bottle of Reed's Ginger Brew like I did)


  1. Rinse chicken inside and out with cold running water; pat dry with paper towels. 
  2. Move oven racks to the lowest level; preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  3. Rub oil over all sides of chicken. 
  4. Rub seasoning all over chicken and sprinkle some inside the cavity. 
  5. Pour out half of the beer in the can. 
  6. I use a chicken roasting rack inside a baking pan (purchased at Wal-Mart). Place the half-filled can of beer in the center of a roasting pan. Carefully ease the cavity of the chicken onto the beer can. Place chicken into oven. 
  7. Bake for about an hour and a half or until chicken is nicely browned and thoroughly cooked. The internal temperature should reach about 180 degrees when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, and the legs should move freely at the joint. 
  8. Using oven mitts, carefully remove chicken from oven. 
  9. Allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes. 
  10. Carefully lift chicken off can of beer and place on serving platter. Slice and serve. 
Reed's products are served in bottles so I just emptied a soda can and filled it halfway with Reed's Ginger Brew. Then while my chicken was cooking I enjoyed a cold glass of the remaining Ginger Brew! This drink is not only refreshing and bubbly but has a nice bite of ginger along with flavors of lemon, lime, honey, and pineapple. 
Here's my Beer Can Chicken Roaster, found in the camping section at Walmart. 
You can easily prop the chicken up in a baking dish too but this helps it be more sturdy. 
Living in Louisiana we love our Cajun and Creole flavors and one of my favorites is Tony Chachere's. So I used this to seasoning and coat my chicken. If you don't want it as spicy use a seasoning blend of your choice. 
Start with a Whole Roaster Chicken, rinsed well, any giblets removed, and patted dry.
Prop the chicken up in a baking dish and rub all over with oil.
Now season him up! Coat liberally with seasoning, even sprinkling some inside if you'd like. 
Place that bad boy in the oven at 350 degrees and back until 
the internal temp is 180, about 1 1/2 hours.
While it bakes it will fill your whole house with the most delicious smell. 
Try not to drool too much.
Oh goodness gracious that chicken looks Ah-mazing!
How easy was that?! Want to make this meal even better?
 Serve with a few bottles of cold Reed's Ginger Brew for sipping. 
Let chicken rest for 10 minutes then remove from the rack and discard can.
Slice up chicken and serve warm.
Dinner's served!
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  1. I would probably make a float with vanilla ice cream or use it in an adult drink

  2. I would make Ginger Chicken.

  3. I'd make a Sprite cake with ginger brew.

  4. I'd make a Sprite cake with ginger brew.

  5. I would absolutely make this recipe!!

  6. Got to choose ginger chicken. Oh, that looks delicious.

  7. Ginger Chicken sounds divine!

  8. richelle lefflerMarch 8, 2015 at 1:28 AM

    would love to try the chicken looks great

  9. I would make a ginger float although using it as a base for a sauce intrigues me

    ellen beck on form

  10. I love the idea of the ginger chicken. I also like some of the ideas brought up by the other comments. I think a ginger ice-cream float sounds amazing.

  11. I would make a Ginger Shrimp recipe with coconut rice!

  12. I'd make a Sprite cake with ginger brew

  13. Reed's Ginger brew is my favorite. i wouldn't use it in a recipe, just enjoy it as is. It is so yummy!

  14. I would drink it! =) My Husband loves it with Jamison.

  15. I love ginger ale and ginger beer so I would want to drink it, but maybe I'd make some sort of thai inspired chicken dish.

  16. I would drink it straight like a soda.

  17. I would drink it as is or use it in a fancy cocktail.

  18. I would make sweet tofu soup with Reed's Ginger Brew :)
    Thank You for the chance

    Fiona N

  19. I want to make that chicken. I bet it tastes like heaven.

  20. I would just drink it from the bottle

  21. I think this would make an interesting ingredient for chili.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  22. I would try and make a ginger beer float! Yum

  23. I would use it to make Chipolte Beef!

  24. I love creole seasoning. Plus gingerbeer is always in my fridge. Its time to marry them!


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