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Recipe: BBQ Beer Can Chicken

Looking for an easy BBQ dish? Head Chef, Adam Bateman, at The Lodge shares his BBQ beer can chicken recipe, a simple but delicious way of grilling that ensures the meat is bursting with juicy flavour.


  • 1 can of Ginger Beer
  • 1 whole chicken

For the marinade:

  • 70g brown sugar
  • 35g maple syrup
  • 10g smoked paprika
  • 7g salt
  • 5g chilli flakes
  • 5g ground coriander
  • 10g sesame oil
  • 10g water


  1. Firstly, prepare your BBQ so it’s 180°C with the lid on (you can also use an oven).
  2. Take the chicken and using a small knife, remove the wishbone, this makes carving the bird easier later.
  3. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and then rub onto the chicken skin
  4. Open the can of ginger beer and pour out a quarter of the can into a glass (this is for you to enjoy while the chicken cooks!) - you don’t want the can full, or even worse un-opened, otherwise it will overflow or explode when cooking! If you want, you can put a sprig of thyme (or another herb like rosemary or sage) in the beer can.
  5. Place the chicken standing up over the can and put on the BBQ for 1 hour. The juices from the chicken should be clear, and not pink, when cut with a knife.
  6. Don’t worry if the skin is slightly charred! It still tastes great!
  7. Remove the chicken carefully using tongs as the beer can will be hot. Move onto a tray to rest, then serve and enjoy!

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