Ginger Ale Can Chicken on the Grill




  • 1Tbsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. of ground red pepper – cayenne
  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 lbs.)
  • 12 cups of water
  • 2 cans of Ginger Ale


  • 1 cup of Ginger Ale
  • 2 Tbsp. of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper


  1. Preheat the grill, heating it to around 400 – 475 degrees
  2. Mix all of the rub ingredients together in a small bowl
  3. Place the chicken in a roasting pan, and spread the rub all over
  4. Sprinkle some on the inside, as well
  5. Open the Ginger Ale, and pour 1 cup of ginger ale into a sauce pan
  6. Add brown sugar, ginger, and pepper
  7. Place the chicken over an open can of ginger ale that is at least half way full of soda
  8. Use the legs of the chicken, and the can as a tripod
  9. Pour enough water to cover the bottom of the pan, and measuring about 1 inch high
  10. Place the pan on the grill, and close the lid
  11. Grill for about 1&1/2 hours, turning the pan occasionally, and basting chicken with juices in the pan each time your turn it
  12. While that is grilling, make your sauce – turn the heat on the stove to med/high, and bring sauce to a boil
  13. Reduce heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened a little, and has reduces by half
  14. When the chicken is ready, remove it from the can, slice, and serve with the glaze


  • I have a thermometer on my grill which helped me adjust the temperature. If you don’t just turn some of the burners off – leaving 1/2 to 3/4 of them going on medium/high heat
  • Check doneness of chicken by inserting a meat thermometerinto a thick piece of meat. It should be 165 degrees