Beer Can Chicken Smoker Recipe

Beer Can Chicken Smoker Recipe

How To Make Beer Can Chicken Smoker

Amp up the holiday spread with this beer can chicken smoker for a unique dish. Well-seasoned chicken is placed over garlic and vinegar-filled beer can.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 20 minutes



  • 2tspchili powder,mild
  • tspsalt
  • 1tsponion powder
  • 4lbswhole chicken,giblets removed
  • 1canbeer,lager or German-style preferred
  • 2tbsponion,chopped
  • 2tbspapple cider vinegar
  • 3clovesgarlic,minced


  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat a smoker to 225 to 250 degrees F.

  2. Combine the chili powder, salt, and onion powder and then rub all over the chicken.

  3. Open the beer and pour out 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Smoke for about 3 to 4 hours, or until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches between 165 and 170 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.

  6. 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.

  7. Serve and enjoy.


  • Calories: 1026.26kcal
  • Fat: 68.53g
  • Saturated Fat: 19.59g
  • Trans Fat: 0.44g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 28.35g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 14.77g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.59g
  • Fiber: 0.69g
  • Sugar: 0.40g
  • Protein: 85.22g
  • Cholesterol: 340.19mg
  • Sodium: 1233.23mg
  • Calcium: 66.50mg
  • Potassium: 935.50mg
  • Iron: 4.43mg
  • Vitamin A: 205.99µg
  • Vitamin C: 8.48mg
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