Home>Recipe>Beer Can Chicken and Baked Potatoes on the Insta-Rack Recipe

Beer Can Chicken and Baked Potatoes on the Insta-Rack Recipe Beer Can Chicken and Baked Potatoes on the Insta-Rack Recipe


Beer Can Chicken and Baked Potatoes on the Insta-Rack Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

Sure thing! Here's my go-to beer can chicken and baked potatoes recipe. It's simple, flavorful, and a real crowd-pleaser. The chicken is juicy, the potatoes are crispy, and it's all done on the grill. Perfect for a summer cookout!

(Many of the links in this article redirect to a specific reviewed product. Your purchase of these products through affiliate links helps to generate commission for HomePressureCooking.com, at no extra cost. Learn more)

You won't believe the magic that happens when you put a can of beer inside a chicken and set it on the grill. It's one of my favorite ways to make chicken come out juicy and full of flavor. Alongside, nothing beats the simplicity and deliciousness of seasoned, grilled potatoes. A humble, yet hearty meal that's always a hit at my barbecue parties! Let's get into the nitty-gritty of the beer can chicken and baked potatoes recipe.

Ingredients for Beer Can Chicken and Baked Potatoes

  • Whole chicken: Essential for the main dish, provides juicy meat and crispy skin when grilled upright with beer can.
  • Can of beer: Adds moisture and flavor to the chicken while helping it stay moist and tender during grilling.
  • Large potatoes: Perfect side dish, baked to fluffy perfection, complements the chicken with a crispy skin and soft interior.

Essential Tools for Making This Insta-Rack Recipe

  • Grill: Essential for cooking the beer can chicken and baked potatoes to perfection with that delicious smoky flavor.
  • Instant-read thermometer: Ensures the chicken is cooked through and safe to eat without overcooking.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 can of beer
  • 4 large potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Your favorite seasoning blend


  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Wash and dry the whole chicken. Season the chicken inside and out with salt, pepper, and your favorite seasoning blend.
  3. Open the can of beer and take a few sips (or pour out a bit) to make room for the chicken.
  4. Carefully slide the chicken onto the beer can, so it stands upright with the can inside the cavity.
  5. Rub the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  6. Place the chicken on the Insta-Rack on the grill, along with the potatoes.
  7. Close the lid and cook for about 1 hour or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) and the potatoes are tender.
  8. Remove from the grill and let the chicken rest for a few minutes before carving.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 450 kcal | Carbohydrates: 25 g | Protein: 35 g | Total Fat: 20 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5 g | Cholesterol: 120 mg | Sodium: 800 mg | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 2 g | Calcium: 50 mg | Potassium: 800 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Vitamin A: 200 µg | Vitamin C: 15 mg

Prep Ahead and Storage Tips

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Season the chicken as directed and place it on the beer can. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before grilling.
  • Prepare the potatoes by rubbing them with oil and salt. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to grill.

Freezing Instructions

  • Season the chicken and place it on the beer can. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing for up to 2 months.
  • For the potatoes, parboil them for a few minutes, then cool and freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container.

One interesting fact about this beer can chicken recipe is that the beer not only adds moisture to the chicken but also helps create a flavorful steam that infuses the meat as it cooks. This unique cooking method results in juicy and tender chicken with a hint of beer flavor. Enjoy!

Common Questions About This Insta-Rack Chicken and Potato Recipe

How long does it take to cook beer can chicken on the insta-rack?
Beer can chicken usually takes about 1 hour to cook on the grill.
Can I use a different type of seasoning for the chicken?
Yes, feel free to use your favorite seasoning blend to customize the flavor of the chicken.
Do I need to use a specific type of beer for the beer can chicken?
Any type of beer will work for beer can chicken, so choose your favorite or whatever you have on hand.
Should I wrap the potatoes in foil before grilling?
No need to wrap the potatoes in foil. Just rub them with oil and seasonings, and they'll cook perfectly on the grill.
How do I know when the chicken is done cooking?
The chicken is ready when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

Was this page helpful?