Two gluten-free beer can chicken breasts on a green barbecue.

Beer Can Chicken – Gluten-Free Edition!

Spring has sprung and you know what that means! Barbeque season is right around the corner. Think about all the back yards you’ll hang out in, beer you’ll drink, and cookouts you’ll attend. Now is the time to start practicing your skill on the grill. If you’re looking for a sure fired way to impress your friends, you better start honing in your beer can chicken recipe. It’s intriguing, easy to make, delicious, and incorporates beer…what’s not to love?!


You can’t be glutened from eating chicken cooked with your standard, gluten-containing beer.

This is FALSE. You will absolutely be glutened this way. What makes the beer can chicken so delectable is the vapors from the beer absorbing into the chicken. Just because the beer is heated doesn’t mean it eliminates the gluten. You’re basically eating a gluten-infused chicken…and no one wants that.

Here’s how to be the star of your next cookout with a simple, gluten-free, beer can chicken recipe.

Step 1: Gather your ingredients

You’ll need a whole chicken, your favorite chicken seasoning, and a can of your favorite gluten-free beer. Not a lot of gluten-free beers come in cans, but luckily for you, Güten Beer does! Check out our where you can find us here! If you insist on using a beer that doesn’t come in a can or you don’t want to cook with the can on the grill, you can look into Traeger’s Chicken Throne. This eliminates any possible toxins released from heated beer cans and is a steady base for your chicken.

Step 2: The Dirty Work

Remove the neck and innards of your chicken and then give it a rinse and then pat dry with paper towels. From here, you’re going to coat the inside and outside of your chicken with olive oil to help it get nice and crispy. Then take your favorite seasoning and apply it liberally to the outside AND inside of your chicken (the last thing we want to do in under-season). Again, Traeger has an extraordinary Chicken Rub that is gluten-free and GMO-free.

Step 3: Beer Can Chicken

The fact that the bird is cooked vertically on the grill is one of the many things that make beer can chicken so unique. Take your seasoned bird and fit it over the top of your half-full beer can (or chicken throne). Leave about an inch or two of the bottom of the can outside of the chicken cavity. Take a breath, the hard part is over.

Step 4: Grill Skill

Let your grill heat up to a medium-high heat (somewhere around 350-375°F). When the grill is hot, set your prepared bird vertically in the center of the grill. If you’re using the Traeger Chicken Throne, the bird should stand vertically no problem. If you’re using a beer can, you’ll have to use the legs of the bird as a tripod to create a stable base. Next, close the grill and let that birdie cook for about 75-90 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Step 5: The Bird Rests

Use some tongs and possibly a friend to safely remove the bird and can from the grill once the bird is finished cooking. Once you get back to a table, remove the can from the bird. Wrap the bird in tinfoil and let it rest for about 10 min. Now, we know you’re going to be eager to try this delicacy you prepared with your own two hands, but letting the bird rest is one of the most important steps. This resting period is where you ensure you get the juiciest chicken possible.

Step 6: Dig In

This step is pretty self-explanatory. Carve the bird, serve with sides of your choosing, and be the star of this year’s cookout. Enjoy!