Smoked Beer Can chicken recipe

Smoked Beer Can chicken recipe

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By Ed Watts 6/5/2022

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Smoked Beer Can Chicken


Whole Chicken from - Amazon meat

Smoked beer can chicken is a play on a classic recipe usually done on the grill but it does equally well, if not better, on the smoker and begs the question, why not!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs. 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs. 50 mins


  • 1 Each Chicken ((Whole))
  • TBS Fat Boy Cajun rub
  • 12 Ounce Beer (, Root beer or Dr. Pepper)
  • 3/4 Cup Olive or vegetable oil


                Remove giblets, neck, etc. from cavity of chicken

    • Brine chicken if desired using 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of kosher salt and 1 cup of brown sugar mixed well until ingredients are dissolved. Pour brine over chicken to cover and into fridge for at least 4 hours (8-12 hours is better)
    • Use hands to carefully separate skin from body of chicken wherever possible and apply Fat Boy Cajun rub under skin.
    • Open a can of beer, root beer or Dr. Pepper and dispose/drink half of it. Insert about 2 TBS of Fat Boy rub into can of liquid.
    • Place cavity of chicken onto can using the roaster stand to hold it u
  • Prepare smoker for cooking at 225-250°F with indirect heat and several chunks of hickory wood to keep the smoke flowing for at least 2 hours.
  • Place the chicken in the smoker and let it cook for about 3.5 hours or until the thickest part of the thigh and/or breast reaches 165°F.
  • While the chicken cooks, mix ¾ cup olive/vegetable oil + 2 TBS of original rub and mop this mixture onto the outside of the chicken 2 to 3 times during the last hour.
  • Let the chicken rest for about 15 minutes before carving. Enjoy!


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