Chicken in a Can
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Yield: 4


  • Whole Chicken
  • Seasonings
  • Empty Coffee Can
  • Charcoal Briquettes
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil


  1. Here is a recipe that has been around for a long time. We aren’t sure where it came from but it works and is easy.
  2. Take a large coffee can, or any metal can you have that is non toxic and punch some air vent holes about an inch up from the bottom and about two inches a part around the base.
  3. Be careful because tin cans can be sharp.
  4. Put about dozen or so charcoal briquettes in the can and place the can in a barbecue or fire-pit and light.
  5. When the charcoals have turned gray you are ready to cook.
  6. Season a whole chicken that has been washed with some salt, pepper, garlic powder and some herbs and you’re all ready. If you want to spice it up a bit, add some cayenne pepper.
  7. Take the chicken, seasoned, and wrapped in heavy duty aluminum foil and place it in the can with the legs up.
  8. Depending on the size of the bird it may stick out of the can a bit, that’s OK as the heat rises.
  9. Cook the chicken for about 3 hours and it will be ready.
  10. This will be a very juicy bird and the meat will fall off the bone!