Smoked Beer Can Chicken Recipe

Smoked Beer Can Chicken
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Smoked Beer Can Chicken is a delicious and easy way to impress your friends and family with your cooking skills. The Smoked Beer Can Chicken recipe is simple: all you need is a chicken, a can of beer, some seasoning, and some wood chips for smoking. 

Smoked Beer Can Chicken

The end result is a juicy and flavorful chicken that is sure to be the star of any meal. So what are you waiting for? Get out your Smoker and get ready to make some Smoked Beer Can Chicken!

Smoked Beer Can Chicken

Smoked Beer Can Chicken

Delicious Smoked Beer Can Chicken you can try at home.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins


  • 2 tsp mild chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 whole chicken, about 4 pounds, giblets removed
  • 1 can beer, lager or German-style preferred
  • 2 tbsp chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced


  • Gather the ingredients. Preheat a smoker to 225 to 250 F.
  • Combine the chili powder, salt, and onion powder and then rub all over the chicken.
  • Open the beer and pour out (or better yet, drink) half of the can. Use a can opener to cut off the top of the beer can. Add the chopped onion, vinegar, and garlic to the beer can.
  • Working over a tray, carefully place the chicken cavity over the beer can, ensuring it almost completely covers the can. Transfer to the middle of the smoker rack and ensure it stands up properly. Smoke for about 3 to 4 hours, or until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches between 165 and 170 F on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Once cooked, remove from the heat and place onto a cutting board. Loosely tent the chicken with aluminum foil and let rest for 7 to 10 minutes before removing the can and carving the chicken.

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