The Girlfriend to Wifey Beer Can Chicken

I swear that the first time Alex ate this recipe, I could see him picking out rings in his head- it’s really THAT good.

And lucky for me, and you- it’s also THAT easy to make.

For some reason this recipe sounds so intimidating and I think that’s what keeps people from attempting to make it, but hopefully reading and watching this post will give you the confidence to stick a beer can up a chicken’s butt.

This recipe is a knockout for 4th of July BBQs, book club dinners, entertaining, feeding a family or date night -plus plenty of leftovers.


The Girlfriend to Wifey Beer Can Chicken


What You Need/Grocery List:


  • a roasting/grilling chicken (already cleaned out if possible)- you can ask your friendly poultry counter person to help you pick out the perfect bird
  • a can of beer- doesn’t matter what kind…get classy like we do and use Bush Light if you like
  • about 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • half a stick of butter
  • a spice rub mix- I like using a jerk mix for poultry
  • *optional: rubber gloves, a beer can roasting stand like this one from Amazon

What To Do: 

  • turn your RIGHT and LEFT grill burners on low/medium heat, leave the middle burner OFF. this insures the chicken will get the heat it needs to cook, without cooking too quickly and unevenly
  • unwrap your bird and if the legs are hooked together, unloop them


  • drizzle olive oil on both sides of the chicken and rub in with your hand or a brush
  • sprinkle seasoning over bird and rub in evenly, making sure to also oil and season inside the bird- this is where rubber gloves really come in handy


  • open your beer and drink half, or dump out if you’re with child like this Wifey. Set can upright and put it into the stand if you’re using one


  • take your chicken – legs down- and slide it over the can/stand until it sits comfortably (poor little chicken)


  • if you’d like (and I like)- stuff a 1/4 stick of butter down the top end of the bird…it will melt and assist with that juicy, cripsy skin


  • place in the center of the grill and close the lid, check out the bird after about an hour and fifteen mins


  • use a thermometer or your common sense and check the chicken to see if it’s done- it shouldn’t be pink at all, instead it should be juicy and fall off the bone


  • carve it, serve it, get ready to feel the love!!!
  • save leftovers (if they exist) and use for sandwiches, enchiladas, soups…or just to eat with your fingers!

Cheater Chicken Noodle Soup

This magic soup will cure any illness* and is perfect for chilly Football days or movie nights at home.

*it won’t but it will make you feel better!

What You Need:

  • a rotissere chicken from your local deli or market
  • a bag of egg noodles
  • a couple cans of chicken noodle soup or a large container of broth from your local deli or market, with most of the noodles and chicken strained- we’re looking for the liquid.
  • a quarter stick of butter
  • salt and pepper
  • crackers or bread
  • a pot with either a top or a strainer
  • a bowl
  • a fork
  • a ladle or big spoon
  • lots o love!

Step by Step (ooo baby):

  • set out all your stuff
  • fill the pot a little over half way with water and turn the heat on high , add a dash of salt
  • while you’re waiting for it to boil, take your fork and shred the breast meat off of the chicken into decent sized chunks
  • now your water is boiling? cool- time to add the noodles- I use about half the bag. Oh and maybe turn down the heat so the water doesn’t boil over.
  • stir the noodles about every min for around 7 mins or until they are soft but not mushy
  • strain the water out of the pot with your lid or dump the noodles in the strainer and shake it a few times
  • turn your heat to low and add the noodles back in- with a big chunk of the butter and stir till the butter coats the noodles
  • add the broth and chicken and stir over low heat until it’s all warm.
  • serve with crackers and accept praise!
  • MOST IMPORTANT STEP: while they slurp it down- shred or take the rest of the chicken off and store it in tupperware or on a plate with foil in the fridge. then throw away the chicken box and the deli soup container/cans, wrap up and store the noodles.

It’s our little secret, right??



Swap chicken for tofu or chickn’, and use veggie broth in place of chicken. Throw in some cooked carrots to add more substance if you like.