Josh loves smoked food. So, naturally, he ventured into cooking a beer can chicken. This involves stuffing a beer can into the rear of a bird. Now there is the convenient way of just taking the can and setting the chicken on top or you could get a stand like the one pictured. I only recommend getting a stand if you plan on making this chicken regularly.This is a really fun thing to cook when you invite company over. You can be social and hang out by the grill while cooking this, which is a nice perk!
For our basic instructions on smoking food go to How We Smoke Food!
THE BEER CAN
- 1 can of Yuengling (or any beer you like)
- 5-8 Whole Sprigs of Thyme
- 2 Sprigs of Rosemary
- 5 Cloves of Garlic
*You do not have to cut the can open. The adding of the herbs and garlic is optional as well. You may want to stand near a sink if you are going to put herbs in the beer because it will usually foam up and overflow slightly.*
- Open the beer and pour (or drink) about 1/3.
- Use a strong set of metal shears and cut a large opening in the top of the can. BE CAREFUL the metal is sharp and can be jagged.
- Bundle up the thyme and rosemary. Stuff them into the can.
- Add the Garlic.
- Place the can in the stand (or bird) if you have not done so already.
**Remember the can will be hot when the chicken is done cooking!
- 4-6 lb Chicken
For the Chicken, we always make a rub. This can honestly be any seasoning blends that you like. Here is our basic blend:
- Six Pepper Blend
- Chili Powder
- Onion Powder
- Granulated Garlic
*We used about 1 tbsp of each. Whisk them together.
- Clean out the chicken.
- Make a small cut in the skin below the breast and place the legs through them crisscrossed. This will hold the bird tightly and make for a more even cooking.
- Place the chicken on the beer can or beer can stand.
- Coat with the seasoning and place on preheated smoker.
- For this one, we cooked it at about 285 degrees Fahrenheit. It took about 4 hours and we rotated it midway through cooking. Make sure you use your thermometer when cooking poultry. The meat should be at 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Let rest and then remove from can.
Carve and ENJOY!
Pair with Zesty Grilled Squash and Zucchini!