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Barbecued Beer Can Chicken with a Still Blanc de Noir Pinot Meunier

Looking for the most delicious chicken ever? Barbecued beer can chicken paired with a still blanc de noir uk Pinot Meunier is the answer!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Resting time5 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecued, beer can chicken, pinot meunier
Servings: 4 people


  • charcoal grill
  • briquettes
  • chimney starter
  • beer can chicken holder


Beer Can Chicken

  • 2 kg free-range chicken cornfed is best
  • 1/2 can your favourite beer

Flavoured Butter Rub

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 chopped lemon deseeded
  • 1 cm finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 diced shallot
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped thyme
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/8 tsp red chilli flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste


Prepping the Chicken

  • Begin by choosing the freshest, free-range chicken you can find.
  • Place your beer can holder on a flat, clean surface.
  • Empty half the beer in the can and place the can in the holder.
  • Carefully shimmy the chicken over the can on the holder.

Flavoured Butter Rub

  • Soften the butter.
  • Prepare the remaining ingredients and mix together with the butter.
  • Next, gently loosen the skin covering the chicken breast and spread the flavoured buttered between the skin and the breast.

Barbecuing the Bird

  • Begin by heating the briquettes using a chimney starter in the grill. Then
  • Once you see flames, rather than smoke, the briquettes are hot enough. This usually takes about 20 minutes.
  • Section-off the sides of the grill and pour the hot briquettes evenly into each section.
  • Position the chicken between the briquettes, cover with a lid and monitor the thermometer on the lid.  Ideally, the temperature should be over 200°C.  Once the internal temperature of the grill is 200°C/400°F or higher, it should take 35-45 minutes to barbecue. 
  • Check the temperature with a probe at 35 minutes.  The temperature should be 74°C/165°F when it's done cooking.  
  • Once the chicken is done cooking, bring it inside and let it rest on the stand for about 5 minutes before serving.
  • Carefully, ease the roasted chicken off the beer can.  The can and the stand will still be very hot!  


  • Place the chicken on a serving platter and get ready to carve it. 

Wine Pairing

  • Serve with a glass of still, blanc de noir UK Pinot Meunier wine.