BBQ Beer Can Chicken

BBQ Beer Can Chicken

This BBQ Beer Can Chicken recipe is full of smoky flavor and the presentation is awesome!

I have made quite a few chicken recipes and this is one of my favorites.

Beer and BBQ just naturally go together, am I right?!

I have a wire rack that my husband bought me that holds the beer can.

It does make it a bit more sturdy, but it’s not necessary to have one.

You just have to be a little more careful when moving it.

How to Make BBQ Beer Can Chicken

Using a store bought BBQ seasoning makes this even simpler.

bottle of bbq seasoning

If you have a homemade BBQ seasoning though, use that.

I was feeling a bit lazy and went the easy route.

Open a can of beer and drink half of it…see, already off to a great start 😉

Then pat the chicken dry, rub all sides of the chicken with the seasoning, and position the chicken cavity over the beer can.

BBQ Beer Can Chicken

I cooked mine in the Traeger pellet grill/ smoker at 275 degrees for about 4 hours.

This can also be cooked in the oven at 375 degrees for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Just make sure to lower the rack to the bottom to make room for the chicken.

Use an instant read thermometer to make sure it’s 170 degrees.

Let the chicken rest about 10 minutes and carefully remove it from the can.

Obviously it will be super hot, so if you have heat proof gloves that would be a ideal.

Shredding it up in the pan with all those yummy juices will just give it even more of an amazing flavor.

It comes out moist, juicy and delicious every time!

You could serve this BBQ Beer Can Chicken with your favorite BBQ sauce on the side for dipping.

BBQ Beer Can Chicken

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BBQ Beer Can Chicken
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BBQ Beer Can Chicken

Beer can chicken in the smoker or in the oven with a BBQ seasoning

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ, Beer Can Chicken, best, Easy, Recipe, Smoked Chicken, TikTok, Traeger, Traeger Recipes, whole chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 4
Calories 425 kcal
Author Cheri Renee


  • 1 whole chicken (4 to 6 pounds)
  • 4 Tbsps BBQ seasoning
  • 1 12 oz can beer


  1. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Rub the BBQ seasoning on all sides of the chicken.

  2. Open the beer and pour 1/2 of the beer out (or drink it). Put the beer can in a foil pan and sit the chicken cavity over the can, adjust the chicken so it is sitting upright on the can.

  3. In the smoker: Set the smoker to 275 degrees, place the chicken on the smoker for approx 4 hours, depending on size of chicken. Internal temp should be 170 degrees.

    In the oven: Move the oven rack to a lower level. Place the foil pan with the chicken in a 375 degree oven for approx 1 hour and 15 minutes. Internal temp should be 170 degrees.

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