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Who likes dry chicken?  Definitely not me! This simple smoked beer can chicken recipe will guarantee a juicy and tender bird every time. Brushed in a homemade BBQ sauce, this whole bird will be your new family favorite with something for everyone.  Ingredients are simple, steps are easy, and dinner is delicious.  Here we go!

Step 1: Prep and smoke beer can chicken. 

Seasoned Whole Chicken on Beer can

Smoking an entire chicken can be intimidating.  The dark meat cooks differently than the breast and one can come out dryer or less flavorful than the other.  But as long as you keep a watchful eye on those internal temperatures, you will always enjoy a deliciously juicy chicken.  

Start with drizzling olive oil over the entire outside of the chicken.  This will work as the binder for the seasoning.  Dad’s All Purpose rub is the perfect compliment to any poultry dish.  It’s packed with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic.  Do not forget to season inside the cavity as well!  Season the entire chicken generously.  Some of the seasoning will burn off on the grill.  One thing worse or as bad as dry chicken is bland chicken.

Dad’s Seasonings

Must have grillin seasonings!

Next, select your choice of beer. I always have a Miller Lite on hand.  Open the can and slide the whole seasoned chicken on over the beer can sitting it up straight.  As the chicken smokes, the liquid will provide additional moisture inside, helping tenderize the meat further. The alcohol content will evaporate making it safe for children to consume.

Preheat the grill to 350 degrees and set for indirect heat.  Place the chicken up right on the grill and cook from about 1 hour or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 160 degrees.  While that’s grillin, time to get started on the homemade sauce.

Chicken Grilling Tips

  • Grill to an internal temp of 160 degrees.  This will ensure tender and juicy meat. Do not go over or you risk dry meat. 
  • If using a sauce, apply that at the end to avoid the sauce from burning.

Step 2: Make homemade BBQ sauce.

Saucy beer can chicken

Once you make your first BBQ sauce, there is no going back to store bought options.  Best of all you can modify the spice or sweetness levels to your liking.

In a sauce pan, add ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, honey, molasses, Dad’s All Purpose rub, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar and a little Truff hot sauce for some heat. Simmer over low heat until the sauce starts to thicken. 

Once the smoked beer can chicken reaches an internal temp of 140 degrees, glaze the entire bird with the homemade BBQ sauce.  Let it finish cooking, then rest for 10 minutes and enjoy!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How to keep chicken juicy

The most important step in having juicy is the internal temperature. By removing chicken at 160 degrees and letting it rest for 10 minutes this will not only trap and redistribute the juices throughout the meat but bring it up to safe to eat temperature of 165 degrees.

How to make ground chicken more flavorful?

Chicken is a very bland protein. Do not be scared to experiment with flavor and use more seasonings. Use strong flavors like BBQ sauce, garlic, ginger and soy. When seasoning the ground chicken, add 1 tbsp of seasoning per pound.

 

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Smoked Beer Can Chicken

This simple smoked beer can chicken is juicy and tender.Ingredients are simple, steps are easy, and dinner is delicious.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 People

Ingredients 

  • 1 Whole chicken
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Dad's all purpose rub

Homemade BBQ Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 2 tbsp Yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp Dad’s All Purpose rub
  • 1 tbsp Hot sauce

Instructions 

  • Drizzle olive oil over the entire outside of the chicken.
  • Season the entire chicken generously, including the cavity, with Dad's All Purpose rub.
  • Open the can and place whole seasoned chicken on top of the beer, sitting it up straight. 
  • Preheat the grill to 350 degrees and set for indirect heat.  Place the chicken onto the grill.
  • In a sauce pan, add ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, honey, molasses, Dad’sAll Purpose rub, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar and a little Truff hot sauce for some heat. Simmer over low heat until the sauce starts to thicken. 
  • Once the chicken reaches an internal temp of 140 degrees, glaze the entire bird with the homemade BBQ sauce.  Let it finish cooking, then rest for 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • Remove off the grill and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.
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About Maciek

I make easy meals that anyone can replicate at home. I’m not a professionally trained chef, just your average guy that likes to fire up the grill. So follow along and see what’s cooking today!

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