chicken | main course | on the grill

Five Spice Beer Can Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 1 Hour 4 servings

Products Included In Recipe


1 Granny's Whole Chicken
1 tsp | 5 ml sea salt
3 tbsp | 45 ml fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 tsp | 10 ml Chinese 5 Spice
1 tbsp | 15 ml vegetable oil
1 tbsp | 15 ml sesame oil
1 can | 355 ml pilsner style beer

Chinese 5 Spice

2 star anise
3 cloves
1 tsp | 5 ml Szechuan peppercorns
1/2 tsp | 2.5 ml ground ginger
1/2 tsp | 2.5 ml ground cinnamon


Preheat the barbecue to medium heat (350°F | 175°C).
Combine salt, ginger, Chinese 5 Spice and vegetable oil in a small bowl.
Lift the skin from the chicken breasts and thighs while being careful not to tear it.
Tuck seasoning mixture between skin and meat, spreading it around as much as possible; put any extra mixture inside the cavity.
Rub the skin with olive oil.
Discard 1/3 of the beer in the can and place bird over the beer can, so the cavity covers most of the beer can and the bird can stand upright.
Roast the chicken upright on the grill for about 1 hour, over indirect heat.
The chicken will be fully cooked when the internal temperature reaches 170°F (77°C).
Loosely tent it with foil and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.

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