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Montreal And Maple Beer Can Chicken & Ribs

We have another delicious recipe from one of our Great Canadian Griller Recipe Contest finalists: David Frankham! David loves to experiment and barbecues all types of meats, vegetables like zucchini, peppers and even tofu! With fish, he prefers to use a cedar plank for its ease; delicate fish won’t fall through the grates. His favourite BBQ meal is a full flavored rib eye steak, grilled medium rare on a very hot grill. We thank David and all of our contest entrants. Now without further delay, learn how to prepare a truly Canadian Duo of Montreal and Maple Spiced Beer Can Chicken and BBQ Ribs!

Montreal And Maple Beer Can Chicken & Ribs

Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 30-45 mins
Ready In 45-60 mins
Yields 6 servings


  • 1 – Whole Chicken
  • 1 – Half Full Beer Can
  • 4-5 Tbsp – Montreal Chicken Spice
  • 4-5 Tbsp –  Montreal Steak Spice
  • 1- Thick Rack of Pork Back Ribs
  • 1 tsp – Fresh Basil – Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup – Canadian Maple Syrup



  1. Rub 4-5 Tbsp of Montreal Chicken Spice over the chicken, and place on top of the can in a stand up chicken rack. Let Marinade for 6 hrs or overnight.
  2. Rub the Montreal Steak Spice over the rack of rib and let Marinade for 6 hrs or overnight. 


  1. Preheat barbecue to 175°C (400°F).
  2. Place chicken pan with chicken positioned upright over the can onto the grill. Close lid and cook for about 20 minutes.
  3. Place the chicken to one side of the grill and on the other sear the ribs for about 5 minutes. Flip the ribs over and sear for another 5 min. 
  4. Reduce heat to 350°F and cook for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Turn the rib to the other side and cook for another 10-15 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to 300°F and baste both chicken and rib with the Maple Syrup on both sides every 5 minutes, being careful not to let them burn.
  7. Continue basting until both are cooked to an internal temperature of 190°F
  8. Sprinkle some chopped basil on top of ribs and enjoy your The Canadian Dynamic BBQ Duo!

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