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Ginger Beer Can Grilled Chicken

  • Author: Souther Living Magazine, Tested by Christiane Potts
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x


Create a fun ginger beer chicken on the grill with a simple can of soda and a ginger ale glaze.


  • 1 (13- x 9-inch) disposable aluminum baking pan
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 (3½- to 4-lb.) whole chickens
  • 2 (12-oz.) cans ginger ale
  • Ginger Ale Glaze

Ginger Ale Glaze

  • 2 cups ginger ale or ginger beer
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper


  1. Light 1 side of grill, heating to 400° to 475° (medium-high to high) heat; leave other side unlit, placing disposable baking pan under grill grate. Stir together salt and next 5 ingredients; sprinkle mixture inside cavity and on outside of each chicken.
  2. Reserve just ¾ cup ginger ale from each can to put toward the 2 cups needed in glaze. Place chickens upright onto each can, fitting can into cavity. Pull legs forward to form a tripod.
  3. Pour water to a depth of 1 inch into disposable pan. Place chickens upright on unlit side of grill above pan. Grill, covered with grill lid and rotating chickens occasionally, 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes or until golden and a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove chickens from cans, and carve. Serve with Ginger Ale Glaze.

Ginger Ale Glaze

  1. Stir ginger, brown sugar, grated ginger, and ground red pepper together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes or until reduced to about ¼ cup.
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